Virtual Human Role Players for Studying Social Factors in Organizational Decision Making (bibtex)
by Peter Khooshabeh, Gale Lucas
Abstract:
The cyber domain of military operations presents many challenges. A unique element is the social dynamic between cyber operators and their leadership because of the novel subject matter expertise involved in conducting technical cyber tasks, so there will be situations where senior leaders might have much less domain knowledge or no experience at all relative to the warfighters who report to them. Nonetheless, it will be important for junior cyber operators to convey convincing information relevant to a mission in order to persuade or influence a leader to make informed decisions. The power dynamic will make it difficult for the junior cyber operator to successfully influence a higher ranking leader. Here we present a perspective with a sketch for research paradigm(s) to study how different factors (normative vs. informational social influence, degree of transparency, and perceived appropriateness of making suggestions) might interact with differential social power dynamics of individuals in cyber decision-making contexts. Finally, we contextualize this theoretical perspective for the research paradigms in viable training technologies.
Reference:
Virtual Human Role Players for Studying Social Factors in Organizational Decision Making (Peter Khooshabeh, Gale Lucas), In Frontiers in Psychology, volume 9, 2018.
Bibtex Entry:
@article{khooshabeh_virtual_2018,
	title = {Virtual {Human} {Role} {Players} for {Studying} {Social} {Factors} in {Organizational} {Decision} {Making}},
	volume = {9},
	issn = {1664-1078},
	url = {http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00194/full},
	doi = {10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00194},
	abstract = {The cyber domain of military operations presents many challenges. A unique element is the social dynamic between cyber operators and their leadership because of the novel subject matter expertise involved in conducting technical cyber tasks, so there will be situations where senior leaders might have much less domain knowledge or no experience at all relative to the warfighters who report to them. Nonetheless, it will be important for junior cyber operators to convey convincing information relevant to a mission in order to persuade or influence a leader to make informed decisions. The power dynamic will make it difficult for the junior cyber operator to successfully influence a higher ranking leader. Here we present a perspective with a sketch for research paradigm(s) to study how different factors (normative vs. informational social influence, degree of transparency, and perceived appropriateness of making suggestions) might interact with differential social power dynamics of individuals in cyber decision-making contexts. Finally, we contextualize this theoretical perspective for the research paradigms in viable training technologies.},
	journal = {Frontiers in Psychology},
	author = {Khooshabeh, Peter and Lucas, Gale},
	month = mar,
	year = {2018},
	keywords = {ARL, DoD, UARC, Virtual Humans}
}
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