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Judgment in Managerial Decision Making 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471178071
ISBN-10: 0471178071
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Can You Really Improve Your Judgment and Decision-Making Ability? Situations requiring careful judgment are continually facing you throughout your daily lives and are a major component of managerial work at all levels of the corporate ladder. In any organization, this constitutes a critical human resource for the firm. While to some extent, judgment may be considered an innate ability, it is generally believed that training can offer significant improvement on the quality of managerial judgment. Judgment in Managerial Decision Making provides that training to students by creating an awareness of the decision-making process, by allowing students to change their decision-making processes, and by offering strategies for improving these processes so that they become part of the reader’s permanent behavior. Re-written as a result of feedback from both colleagues and students, the fourth edition of this classic book provides even more interesting and contemporary examples of real-world decisions. This edition includes a new chapter on motivational biases (chapter 6), which examines how our motivations affect the rationality of our thoughts, and examines managerial decision-making from both individual and multi-party perspectives. By making use of these chapters, the individual can make permanent improvements to future decisions.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (July 21, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471178071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471178071
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,115,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1997
Format: Paperback
Max Bazerman had one central purpose in mind when he wrote his book, Judgment In Managerial Decision Making. He hoped to improve the judgment and decision making skills of his audience, whether they be managers of multi-billion dollar corporations or consumers deciding how much to offer a salesman for a new car. Through the use of vivid real-world examples Max Bazerman identifies systematic ways in which judgment and decision making skills deviate from rationality under uncertain conditions. The end result is that the reader can readily comprehend the concepts outlined in the book and easily apply them to his or her own life.
The only major weakness in the book has to do with its discussion of the multiparty decision-making process. Because of the complex dynamics of these multiparty situations, Bazerman is forced to limit his coverage to only a select number of issues that he believes are especially pertinent to understanding decision making among several groups. Academics have also spent less formal research time on multiparty decision-making versus two-party and individual decision making. Therefore, the number of real-world contemporary examples are quite limited, making the reader less inclined to believe the results.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1997
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In his book, Judgment in Managerial Decision Making, Max Bazerman applies behavioral decision research into an organizational setting. He acknowledges that even though the rational decision-making process will lead to optimal decisions, the process is too time consuming to use in reality. Therefore, managers must rely on their intuitive judgment to find satisficing solutions to the problems they confront on a daily basis. The first half of the book examines the reader's judgment by explaining how the utilization of heuristics, rules of thumb used by managers to simplify problem solving in complex situations, can lead to irrational decisions when inappropriately applied. Cognitive biases are the cause of irrational decisions when heuristics are used improperly. In addition, Bazerman also offers an analysis of how uncertainty, escalation of commitment, and concern for fairness affect managerial decision-making. The second half of the book addresses how the decision-making process relates to both two-party and multiparty situations. Bazerman discusses the difficulty individuals face when trying to act rationally in competitive negotiations. He also describes the complexities work groups or project teams face when they hold a cooperative as well as a competitive position. The final chapter presents four strategies for improving the decision-making process. The first and second strategies are eliminating biases, and acquiring experience and expertise through feedback on the outcome of previous decisions. Both strategies are designed to alter intuitive responses to various decision-making situations. The third and fourth strategies offer techniques for improving decisions using linear models and accounting for the biases that influence the decisions of others.Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2004
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There are many quantitative books on Decision Making Theory but this book deals basically with the subjective aspects of Decision Making. I used it at the University of São Paulo as textbook for a graduate class on Decision Making under Uncertainty together with Clemen & Reilly's book "Making Hard Decisions".
Bazerman's focus on common decion biases and heuristics makes us think a lot about how we make decisions and normally has nothing to do with rational quantitative "perfect world" decision making normally teached at business schools. Do read this book if Decision Making Theory is important for you, this is really a classic on this subject!!!! With less than 200 pages you really can't afford not reading it.
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