Abstract for: A problem of a shortage of female managers or a problem of a surplus of male managers?
This paper aims to add knowledge about solving stock-flow failure, in particular in the field of personnel policies, by incorporating the effect of framing, a concept from the psychological field, in decision- making on a stock-flow task. The framing-effect is the effect that the formulation of a problem has on ones understanding of and actions towards that problem. Participants to a system dynamics inventory task seem to react differently to a problem when it is formulated in different frames, which in turn might have an effect on the degree of stock-flow failure of the participant. Participants had to perform a variation of the female professors task, namely a managers task from a male perspective and a managers task from a female perspective, in which the question asked was the same but the frame of the tasks differed. It appeared that the participants with the managers task from the male perspective recommended more extreme number on average in their reasoning than the participants with the managers task from the female perspective. There was no difference in stock-flow failure between the groups of participants.