M4 Case Study: Faulty Decision Making Is a Cause of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster
Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. Image by Justin Stumberg, via Wikimedia Commons, [Public domain]
After you have read pages 361 and 362, please answer the following questions:
- What model of decision making is represented in this case?
- To what extent did decision-making biases impact the decisions made in this case? Identify the specific biases that were present.
- How could evidence-based decision making been used to help avoid this disaster? Please explain.
- What do you think are they key causes of this disaster?
Please be sure to cite OB concepts and theories from the reading to support your answers.