Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2020

Department 1



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.


Written as a senior capstone for OMS 405: Irrational Behavior.