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A Problem-Finding Approach to Effective Corporate Planning

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Following Thomas Fuller's dictum that "a danger foreseen is half avoided," Thierauf has developed a technique called problem finding which allows corporate planners to go beyond problem solving to confront future problems and identify future opportunities. This approach contrasts with typical problem-solving efforts which are based on the "management by exception" principle, that is, things that have gone wrong are corrected after the fact. Problem solving is typically applied to short-, medium-, and long-range ...

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Overview

Following Thomas Fuller's dictum that "a danger foreseen is half avoided," Thierauf has developed a technique called problem finding which allows corporate planners to go beyond problem solving to confront future problems and identify future opportunities. This approach contrasts with typical problem-solving efforts which are based on the "management by exception" principle, that is, things that have gone wrong are corrected after the fact. Problem solving is typically applied to short-, medium-, and long-range problems, which the author terms "operational," "tactical," and "strategic," respectively. In this volume, the author demonstrates how the problem finding approach can be applied to all three types of problems with vastly improved results, and illustrates his points with real-world examples.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899302621
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/25/1987
  • Pages: 234
  • Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT J. THIERAUF is a Professor of Information and Decision Sciences at Xavier University, and served as chairman of the Department of Management for 13 years.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part I: Relationship of Problem Finding to Effective Corporate Planning

An Introduction to Problem Finding for Effective Corporate Planning

A Framework for the Problem-Finding Process

Decision Support Systems and Problem Finding

Part II: Relationship of a Corporate Planner to Effective Corporate Planning

Attributes of a Corporate Planner Engaged in Problem Finding

Common Difficulties Facing a Corporate Planner Engaged in Problem Finding

Part III: Application of Problem Finding to Effective Short-to Long-Range Corporate Planning

Integration of Corporate Objectives, Goals, and Strategies with Critical Success Factors for Problem Finding

Strategic Planning and Problem Finding

Tactical Planning and Problem Finding

Operational Planning and Problem Finding

Part IV: Application of Problem Finding to Selected Industries for More Effective Corporate Planning

Application of Problem Finding to the Automobile Industry

Application of Problem Finding to the Airline Industry

Application of Problem Finding to the Computer Industry

Bibliography

Index

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