A Professional's Guide to Decision Science and Problem Solving: An Integrated Approach for Assessing Issues, Finding Solutions, and Reaching Corporate Objectives (FT Press Operations Management) Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0132869829
ISBN-10: 0132869829
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  • File Size: 13739 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
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  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132869829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132869829
  • ASIN: B006GFUS50
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By WriterGirl VINE VOICE on November 10, 2011
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As a grad student preparing for my thesis, I wanted to try this book. It says it is for corporate professionals but it could be used as a graduate level textbook for any business or project management statistics course. The copy I received is a paperback and the information contained within is concise. The book seems small but the print is easy to read. The content uses plain language and technical terms are explained or defined. The book starts out with what I consider to be good advice. First, establish your objectives or goals. Or, identify what the problem is that needs to be solved. Like a road map, you need to know where you are going in order for it to be effective. The book could be used to set up a checklist for business and corporate problem solving. The book is divided into two parts. The first part covers definitions, theory and methods. The second part is a set of case studies to apply the information. If you might have to set up a metrics program for your department, this book would be helpful. It contains a variety of charts with criteria, weights and measures. If you don't have previous knowledge of statistics, I would recommend a review. I would use this in conjunction with The Thinker's Toolkit.
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Format: Hardcover
As a professor teaching spreadsheet decision modeling (using Ragsdale text) and data mining (using Schmueli et al.) to business students, I was disappointed by this "textbook". With no chapter problems, it isn't really a classic textbook; it is priced like one, albeit not quite as expensive as the books I am using. Simply put, there is no "meat" to this rather thin book. It provides short, high-level summaries of "statistics", "data mining", "multi-criteria decision making", "sensitivity analysis", etc with nary an equation in sight. The book really aims only to provide the general structure (but not the detail) of quantitative analysis and decision science.
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I read the other reviews and I believe this book has an exceptional value in a niche role. Unfortunately the negative reviews focus on the use of the book in a role that it was never intended, i.e., as a text book for undergraduate or graduate education.

The real value of this book is as a "how-to" for an executive who does not have the time nor the inclination to read voluminous texts with many equations. The busy executive has a real focus on strategic and tactical issues necessary for business success, not academic rigor. How to keep a Board of Directors and stockholders happy.

It's not flashy, it's not impressive with a vast array of equations, nice picturs and graphs. What it does is put things into the real-world practicalities of step-by-step approaches to make good decisions. Not rocket science but my experience is that in the real-world it takes a bit of hard work to make really good, informed decisions. It is short and to the point with little fluff.

Please don't misinterpret what I say here. Academic rigor is vitally important and is the necessary first step. But, once that rigor is passed then follow-on books, such as this one, can simplify the process into something that someone can use in the practicalities of real-world business.

I see the busy executive using this book to help guide them in two things: a) get practical end-to-end basics, and then b) obtain and direct resources necessary to execute the process. The executive will not be the one executing this process; instead, the executive will be the one making sure that the process is performed and that it delivers information that the executive needs to make rational decisions based upon a comprehensive understanding of the business and facts.
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For a book thats targeted at an exec level, the authors do a good job in presenting a systematic approach for decision making. There are no new methods and the discussion is presented with a mathematical rigor of a senior level undergraduate course in project management. The case studies section of the book does a much better job in communicating to the target audience on how some aspects of the discussed method would work in reality. Despite the case studies, the over-simplification of the science of decision making may make this book of limited value, especially if you are familiar with books like Analysis Without Paralysis: 10 Tools to Make Better Strategic Decisions (paperback). Overall, a decent introduction to the topics of decision making - with a very limited audience in mind - those who need to understand the general concepts of these tools but are not likely to be the ones developing or refining them. 3.5*
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Good product as described.
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