ArticleAdministrative Decision Making A Stepwise MethodOetjen, Reid M. PhD; Oetjen, Dawn M. PhD; Rotarius, Timothy PhDAuthor Information Author Affiliations: Department of Public Health, College of Health, University of North Florida, Jacksonville (Dr R. M. Oetjen); Health Services Administration, Graduate Studies, and Department of Health Professions, College of Health and Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, Orlando (Dr D. M. Oetjen); and Department of Health Professions, College of Health and Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, Orlando (Dr Rotarius). Corresponding author: Reid M. Oetjen, PhD, Department of Public Health, College of Health, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224 ([email protected]). The Health Care Manager: January 2008 - Volume 27 - Issue 1 - p 4-12 doi: 10.1097/01.HCM.0000285026.95009.19 Buy Metrics Abstract Today's health care organizations face tremendous challenges and fierce competition. These pressures impact the decisions that managers must execute on any given day, not to mention the ever-present constraints of time, personnel, competencies, and finances. The importance of making quality and informed decisions cannot be underestimated. Traditional decision making methods are inadequate for today's larger, more complex health care organizations and the rapidly changing health care environment. As a result, today's health care managers and their teams need new approaches to making decisions for their organizations. This article examines the managerial decision making process and offers a model that can be used as a decision making template to help managers successfully navigate the choppy health care seas. The administrative decision making model will enable health care managers and other key decision makers to avoid the common pitfalls of poor decision making and guide their organizations to success. Copyright © 2008 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.