ALLERGIES AND DECISION MAKING COMPETENCE
 
Streufert, S. and Satish, U., SUNY Upstate Medical University, USA
 
Years of research in management and in organizational psychology have demonstrated how multiple variables can affect the quality of managerial functioning. Among those variables are various measures of competence, experience, attitudes, interpersonal action tendencies and many more. The present paper considers a variable which has been less frequently considered: concurrent health status. Forty decision makers who are subject to suffering from allergies participated in the Strategic Management Simulation (SMS) during and outside of the allergy season. The SMS assesses performance on 25 variables that have been validated world-wide. Rhinitis, caused by allergies, by common colds and influenza decreased performance on 15 of 25 variables. Performance characteristics that are required to deal effectively with complex task demands were more impacted than performance variables that handle simpler task requirements.