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This study combines established escalation of commitment theory with research specifically aimed at understanding the role of heuristics in the field of outdoor leadership in order to create an understanding of decision-making processes in this context. Current decision-making frameworks taught to outdoor leaders rely on these theories but has yet to undergo rigorous testing as to its effectiveness. This study gave current decision-making education to one group and a control education to another group and found no significant differences between the two when asked to respond to the same situation. This finding suggests that further research into decision-making frameworks in the outdoors is required to improve the overall education of outdoor leaders.
This is the author's version of the work. This publication appears in Gettysburg College's institutional repository by permission of the copyright owner for personal use, not for redistribution.
Darby, Perry A., "Escalation of Commitment and Heuristics in Outdoor Leadership: How Poor Education Can Impact Outdoor Leaders’ Decisions" (2020). Student Publications. 844.