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Project Valuation Using Real Options: A Practitioner's Guide

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ISBN-13: 978-1932159431
ISBN-10: 1932159436
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"This book is an important addition to the current literature on project valuation tools — a must read!" --Steven C. Rollins, Chairman, PMI Metrics SIG and President, ALLPMO Network

About the Author

Dr. Prasad Kodukula, PMP, is an award-winning educator, accomplished engineer, author, and inventor with 20 years of professional experience. Dr. Kodukula is co-founder and president of Constant Compliance, Inc., a Chicago-based technology company that specializes in developing and commercializing environmental and homeland defense technologies. His clients include 15 of the Fortune 100 companies and the U.S. government. He has managed many research/development and engineering projects and project teams while working as a senior project manager at a multi-national engineering consulting firm and a global chemical company. He is a contributing author on four books and has co-authored two books and more than 40 technical articles.

Mr. Chandra Papudesu, M.S., is a senior project manager involved in directing complex software implementation projects and new business development at a software development company. His professional experience includes both financial and real options and he has developed a trading application aimed at the energy trading market and spreadsheet models to calculate real options. Mr. Papudesu has degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (July 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932159436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932159431
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lee Lambert on October 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the book for those serious about improving project selection results. This is the only book of its kind for today's project management professional. Finally, I feel I understand how to use this unique approach to evaluate all the options available in selecting projects that will significantly contribute to an organization's bottom line.

Lee R. Lambert, A Founder of PMP
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This book is not a bad introduction to real options for people who have some corporate finance background and who work in project management specifically. I do think it is one of the better introductory texts to real options for those who have to actually use it, but I am also highly spoiled.

Before I read this, I was fortunate enough to get Shockley's Real Options Valuation book, which has a heavy emphasis on applications. It contains a mind-blowing number of examples and practice questions that will get you fully up to speed on how and when to use real options valuation methods in lieu of static-NPV based methods that do not account for optionality over multiple time periods. This is something Project Valuation Using Real Options briefly covers but not to the level of practical detail that I think project managers will truly appreciate and heavily use.

In sum I want to say if you are not sure what real options are or how they are used, and you need a brief corporate finance refresher to help you pick it up, then this is a good choice. If you want heavily theoretical literature, go for Real Options by Trigeorgis and dig in to your heart's content. But if you want advanced practical applications, get the Shockley book. None of them are necessarily good or bad, but are relative to what you're trying to accomplish.
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I work in corporate finance and I read five real options books from Amazon to develop a recommendation on how we could apply a RO framework to our investment decisions. This was by far the best book. It's practical and logical, and shows you all the steps to build binomial trees to start valuing options. If you are looking for a book on the theory and higher math of real options, this book doesn't go into that as much, however it is perfect as a practioner's guide.
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This small book was the most useful of several that I've read on real options. There are step-by-step instructions, preceded by the necessary concepts. The best example for me was a new product decision: Parameters and solutions are provided for each of the three major valuation methods. I replicate each calculation method in a spreadsheet and observed the modest value differences. I'm finally confident that I understand each foundation method.
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Dr. Kodukula and his associate have written a concise, understandable and interesting book discussing project valuation. I routinely recommend this book to my associates and students, and higly recommend it for students in the MBA tract.
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Starting with an introduction to the real options analysis the authors take us through the traditional project valuations tools (which is a bonus) to the process used to value projects using real options analysis, on the way explaining the methods and computational techniques employed to solve real option problems and how real options analysis supplements the traditional tools.

The detailed solutions provided for the various examples using ample figures and tables really help in understanding the application of real options analysis technique to project valuation.

This book will be of great help to corporate executives, senior managers, portfolio, program and project managers who want to go beyond the application of traditional tools of project valuation, searching for newer techniques.
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