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Title: Manipulative imputation in distributed decision support settings: the implications of information asymmetry and aggregation complexity
Authors: Malekovic, Ninoslav
Sutanto, Juliana
Goutas, Lazaros
Keywords: Deception
Manipulative imputation
Information aggregation
Information asymmetry
Aggregation complexity
Lab experiment
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: MALEKOVIC, N., SUTANTO, J. and GOUTAS, L., 2016. Manipulative imputation in distributed decision support settings: the implications of information asymmetry and aggregation complexity. Decision Support Systems, 85, pp. 1 - 11.
Abstract: According to earlier research, distributed communications are susceptible to deception. Our study complements the existing works by analyzing group members' attempts to manipulate group decisions supported by distributed communications. Experimentally, we examined the impact of two systemic features of distributed decision support on the group member's manipulative imputation. First, we analyzed the member's manipulative imputation for information asymmetry. Second, we analyzed this relationship for the moderating effect of decision rule complexity. Both of these features are structural properties of aggregating information exchange. We confirmed several effects: An increase in the asymmetry of information aggregating into a group outcome increases the member's manipulative tendency. This increase also increases the effectiveness of the member's manipulative imputation. However, the complexity of a decision rule decreases both of these effects. Given the information asymmetry, complexity of issues under group members' consideration can authenticate their disclosures. We point out the theoretical relevance and practical implications of our findings.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Decision Support Systems and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dss.2016.02.004
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.dss.2016.02.004
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21129
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dss.2016.02.004
ISSN: 0167-9236
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