- Series: Analytic Hierarchy Process Series, Vol. 6 (Book 6)
- Paperback: 477 pages
- Publisher: RWS Publications; 1st edition (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0962031763
- ISBN-13: 978-0962031762
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fundamentals of Decision Making and Priority Theory With the Analytic Hierarchy Process (Analytic Hierarchy Process Series, Vol. 6) 1st Edition
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From the Publisher
This work is the outcome of many years research into a very practical, yet simple way to facilitate group decision making. This book is about making decisions the natural way which we call the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). There are two kinds of decisions: intuitive and analytical. Intuitive decisions are not supported by data and documentation and may appear arbitrary. A surprising amount of corporate decision making is of the intuitive type. The person charged with making the decision accumulates a lot of information, probably biased by his own values, goes in a room and comes out with a decision. This model is a poor basis from which to operate a large corporation. Analytical decision making, when used collectively in a corporation, leads to shared values. Decisions that are required by corporations metamorphose from individual to strategic to portfolio decisions. The Analytic Hierarchy Process is the way to introduce analytical decision making in! your organization.
About the Author
Thomas L. Saaty is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches at the Pitt Graduate School of Business. He is best-known as being the modern mathematician who figured out a way to measure intangibles, and is the inventor, architect, and primary theoretician of the Analytic Hierarchy Process, a decision-making framework used for large-scale, multiparty, multi-criteria decision analysis, and of the Analytic Network Process, its generalization to decisions with dependence and feedback. Saaty is a member of National Academy of Engineering (2005), and in 2008 he received the Impact Prize from the Operations Research Society INFORMS for how the AHP has revolutionized the way we resolve complex decision problems. The publication of his books on the Analytic Hierarchy Process and the release of PC-based software such as SuperDecisions and web-based collaborative software such as Decision Lens have led to widespread dissemination of the process. The AHP has been applied worldwide to help decision makers in every conceivable decision context across both the public and private sectors, with literally thousands of reported applications.
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If you want the method presented in a ready-to-apply form, or applications or case studies that are useful for and readable by nonmathematical folks, look elsewhere. This book does not pretend to do any of that. Unfortunately some of the math is not very well elucidated so you will have to "fill in the blanks" yourself. An example is the presentation of the Compatibility Index which seems rather hurried. Saaty refers you for more details to his ANP book but I thought that was not a substitute for a better explanation.
What disappointed me was the formatting of the book. Looks almost like RWS publishers needs a better word processor. For example, at a few places the subtitle is the same font as the following text, which is rather amateurish to say the least. Some subtitles are underlined (!). The figures might have looked better drawn by hand.
Overall the only book you will purchase if you need to get to the bottom of it, and an inappropriate book if you want a prescriptive text that gets you to the task quickly.