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    "desicion making" and "making decision"

    When taking some MBA classes or some training programs, I very often encounter terms like "decision making", "problem solving", "schedule controlling"...etc.
    I am wondering their grammatical explanations.
    If I say "decision making process", "making" should be present participle and "decision making" should be considered as adjective for "process".
    But if I say "guidelines for problem solving and decision making", "solving" & "making" should be gerunds and "problem solving and decision making" should be considered as noun.
    Am I right?
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    Also,
    Why shouldn't we use "guidelines for solving problems and making decisions"?
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    I would consider them all compound nouns. There is no need to parse the words individually. A "decision making process" is a thing. So are "problem solving" and "decision making".

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    We could use "guidelines for solving problems and making decisions".

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