Should business organizations conduct decision-making discussions in writing?

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Business organizations should conduct decision-making discussions in writing.

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  • It improves the quality of the discussion.

  • It improves traceability and auditability of decision making, contributing directly to the quality of decision making.

  • It has the potential to improve accountability for decisions.

  • Decision-making processes in writing afford greater participation.

  • Political and business negotiations are most effective when done orally.

  • Organizational inertia against deliberating in writing makes it unrealistic except in pockets.

  • It will slow down decision making.

  • Because writing lacks non-verbal cues, it is more subject to misinterpretation than speech, thus reducing effectiveness of discussions.