Case study: state vs. scroggs

Now it’s time to write a 1-page individual report on your virtual team activity for Week 04. Answer the questions below in a Word document to submit it to the Drop Box.

Think back on the decision-making process that you and your team members went through in deciding the case of “State vs. Scroggs.” Do you feel any of you used a rational decision-making model? As you explain, you might recall that rational decision-making goes through six steps:

1. Define the problem. (Did Scroggs do it or not?)
2. Identify decision criteria, etc.
3. Weight the criteria.
4. Generate alternatives.
5. Rate each alternative on each criterion.
6. Compute the optimal decision.

If no one followed this rational decision-making model exactly, did anyone follow even one of the steps – or some half way? As you explain, you might consider that you could have been using what we call bounded rationality? (That’s where you satisfice – that is, you don’t follow such a rigorous model, but rather you seek solutions that are merely satisfactory.) In bounded rationality, you use some rationality, but you are not completely disciplined about it.

Case Study: State vs. Scroggs

In the fall of 1875, Hiram Smith filed a claim on a very fertile piece of land in South Dakota with the land office. Before he could make any improve­ments on the land, he died. A young Swede, newly immigrated, filed a counterclaim to the land at once, and by late spring of the following year, he had built a home and had begun to cultivate the land.

In the meantime the widow of the original claimant was on her way West with her two daughters and her son, Hiram, Jr. She built a house on the land, across a ravine from the Swede’s home, and cultivated that half of the claim. Both parties sent their claims to the Department of the Interior, but ten years went by without a decision. Both the Swede and Mrs. Smith built barns and cultivated the land intensively each on their own side of the ravine.

A distant relative of Mrs. Smith, a clergyman named Rev. Wilbur Scroggs, lived in a small town about two miles from the rival farms. He had been an advisor for the Swede on all matters of religion and politics since the fellow had first taken up farming in Dakota.

He had often complimented the Swede on his land and had expressed his opinion at the general store that it was the best land in the West.

Wilbur Scroggs had acted as arbiter for the disputants and had corresponded with the Secretary of the Interior in regard to the land. One day at the general store he told the Swede that he thought the Swede’s claim would be supported. The Swede swore that no one was going to put him off the land.

The next day Scroggs went to the Smith farm and showed Mrs. Smith a paper from Washington , D.C. , ratifying her claim to the land. He said it would be all right for them to take possession of the entire claim. Young Hiram Smith, Jr. hitched a team to the plow and went over on to the Swede’s side of the farm. Scroggs, Mrs. Smith, and the two daughters went along, with Scroggs on his horse. Young Hiram, Jr. had just started plowing when the Swede ran out of his house with a gun and shot him.

Two more shots killed the horses at the plow. Scroggs galloped off and shouted that he was going after the marshal. When the marshal and a posse arrived, they found the Swede had killed the three women and had then committed suicide. Rev. Scroggs, being the only relative of the dead woman, would stand to inherit both pieces of land.

The marshal, who was very familiar with the case, confronted Rev. Scroggs. “I place you under arrest, Sir, for inciting these murders. You are innocent until proven guilty under the law. But you must go to trial.

How do you place an order?

It takes a few steps to place an order with Us:

• The first step is to place your order. You will need to provide us with some basic information about your project.
• Once you have placed your order, you will be taken to our secure payment page.
• Once we receive your order, we will carefully review it and match you with a writer who has the skills and experience.
• Stay in contact with the writer and discuss vital details of research.
• Your completed proposal will be delivered via email within the specified deadline.

You are secure when using our service

It's critical for each client to feel secure. As a result, we at Research Proposal Writing take precautions to secure your data.

Financial security You may securely pay for your purchase using a variety of secure payment methods.
Personal security The personal information of our clients is secure. Nobody else will have access to it.
Academic security We use a specialized program to check every completed paper to ensure that we deliver no-plagiarism samples.
Web security This website is safe from unauthorized breaches. We maintain our privacy management in line with the latest laws and regulations.

You can get help placing your order. If you have any questions about our services, please contact us. Our support staff is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you're still looking for a way to improve your grades and hire expert writers, we've got you covered. Place an order on our website, and we'll help you with any paperwork you want. We will exceed your expectations.