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decision making, decision taking, decision-making, decision-taking

Do not hyphenate decision making or decision taking when these expressions are used as nouns.

  • Decision making is the responsibility of the manager.
  • The subcommittee will now be responsible for decision taking.

However, the adjectives decision-making and decision-taking are hyphenated.

  • In modern companies, the decision-making power is shared with employees.
  • Decision-taking meetings should never be held on Fridays.