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Harvard Business Review on Making Smarter Decisions (Harvard Business Review Paperback Series)

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ISBN-13: 978-1422114933
ISBN-10: 1422114937
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From the Back Cover

Decisions are the coin of the realm in business. Every success, every mishap, every opportunity seized or missed stems from a decision someone made-or failed to make. Brimming with potent suggestions from esteemed experts-including Jeffrey Pfeffer, Robert Sutton, Ram Charan, Thomas Davenport, and John Hammond-this handy volume offers a wealth of tools and practices to guide you through your most difficult choices.

The Harvard Review Paperback Series

The series is designed to bring today's managers and professionals the fundamental information they need to stay competitive in a fast-moving world. From the preeminent thinkers whose work has defined an entire field to the rising stars who will redefine the way we think about business, here are the leading minds and landmark ideas that have established the Harvard Business Review as required reading for ambitious businesspeople in organizations around the globe.

About the Author

Since 1984, Harvard Business School Press has been dedicated to publishing the most contemporary management thinking, written by authors and practitioners who are leading the way. Whether readers are seeking big-picture strategic thinking or tactical problem solving, advice in managing global corporations or for developing personal careers, HBS Press helps fuel the fire of innovative thought. HBS Press has earned a reputation as the springboard of thought for both established and emerging business leaders.

Product Details

  • Series: Harvard Business Review Paperback Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Press (March 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422114937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422114933
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one in a series of several dozen volumes that comprise the Harvard Business Review Paperback Series. Each offers direct, convenient, and inexpensive access to the best thinking ("ideas with impact") about the given subject in articles originally published by the Harvard Business School Review. I strongly recommend all of the volumes in the series. The individual titles are listed at this Web site: [...] The authors of various articles are among the world's most highly regarded experts on the given subject. Each volume has been carefully edited. Supplementary commentaries are also provided in most of the volumes, as is an "About the Contributors" section that usually includes suggestions of other sources that some readers may wish to explore. In this volume, the reader is provided with eight articles whose authors provide a variety of perspectives on how to maker smarter decisions. All but one of the articles first appeared in the HBR in 2006. Here are brief excerpts from four of the articles:

"Related to the desire for `new' is the desire for `big' - the big idea, the big study, the big innovation. Unfortunately, `big' rarely happens. Close examination of so-called breakthroughs nearly always reveals that they're preceded by the painstaking, incremental work of others...the tiny, excruciating steps they took over the years to develop their ideas and hesitate to declare breakthroughs, while - like snake oil salesmen - one business guru after another claims to have developed a brand-new cure all." Evidence-Based Management, Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton

Note: Pfeffer and Sutton later published a book developed from this article, Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths And Total Nonsense: Profiting From Evidence-Based Management.
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Although not ground breaking this book had some pretty interesting points. I like the format of Harvard Business Review books. There are five or six different essays/studies so it is more of a collection of ideas from different authors. I like having several different perspectives on the same topic. I particularly liked analogy of business leaders making evidence based decisions like medical doctors do. However, I am also young so I am not sure that some of the more seasoned professionals will find anything original in these essays. It is worth looking at.
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Like any HBR review book, this just provides articles on decision making, some are thought provoking and very useful, the one I did not like was the article "Competing on Analytics" but the other 7 articles were good, with 5 of them being great. Each article provides a great read for a 1 hour plan flight.
It is funny how poorly companies execute decision making, this book should help you rethink how you make decision making in your own company.
Dr. Brian Glassman
Ph.D in Innovation Management from Purdue University (2009)
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