NDM helps people and organizations improve high-stakes decision-making.

What is Naturalistic Decision Making?

Naturalistic Decision Making is a framework used to study, inform, and shape how people make decisions in demanding, real-world situations.

The Naturalistic Decision Making Framework:

NDM consists of many different tools, theories, concepts, and methods for understanding complex cognitive functions.

 

The framework includes the following general phases:

  • Multiple players
  • Dynamic settings
  • Uncertainty
  • Organizational constraints
  • Vague goals
  • Develop mental models
  • Uncertainty management
  • Identify leverage points
  • Attention management
  • Mental simulation and storyboarding
  • Find common ground
  • Creating courses of action
  • Retain institutional knowledge
  • Faster, more-effective training
  • Better safety protocols
  • Improved risk management
  • Increased innovation
  • More productive collaboration

Learn more about NDM Tools and how they can be used to understand expertise:

How Organizations Can Benefit from NDM:

Successfully-implemented NDM approaches produce many competitive advantages:

ROI

Better decision-making means decreased costs and increased value proposition—especially in large-scale, high-stakes industries.

Safety

Managing risk in dangerous lines of work is crucial. NDM tools use mental models to streamline, disseminate, and scale expertise to avoid novice errors.

Training

Methods to quickly and effectively improve employee decision-making reduces the cost of mistakes and improves operations.

Efficiency

Clear and effective decision-making helps improve performance speed and effectiveness, saving money, time, and other valuable resources.

Innovation

NDM helps synthesize ideas across multiple teams and departments. Better collaboration leads to enhanced problem-solving and encourage innovation.

Morale

When employees feel supported by clear, effective strategies and plans of action, they become more invested in and enthusiastic about their work.

Who are NDM Practitioners?

NDM practitioners are researchers, educators, trainers, directors, entrepreneurs, and executives whose work spans numerous, high-stakes industries.

 

Meet some of them and learn about their work on the podcast Naturalistic Decision Making with Brian Moon and Laura Militello.

Why Become an NDMA Member?

Community & Collaboration

Connect with NDM academics and practitioners to stay up-to-date on the newest trends, findings, and advancements within the field.

Exclusive Resources

Access members-only reports, forums, directories, and articles to help deepen your understanding of NDM, extend your career, and broaden your perspective.

Exposure

NDMA members have opportunities to publish guest articles and are featured in a Member Directory that is visibile to recruiters and clients.

Training & Event Discounts

Opportunities for professional development include online courses, webinars, and in-person conferences. NDMA members receive early access and reduced rates.

Mentorship

Participate in a mutually-beneficial mentorship program that nurtures NDM novices, propelling the growth, impact, and legacy of NDM pioneers and their work.

Talent Recruitment

Gain access to a detailed profile directory of NDM researchers and practitioners who are available for consultation or hire.

Who can benefit from NDMA membership?

Students

Professionals

Clients

An Easy decision:

Become an NDMA member.

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