Decision Making: Descriptive, Normative, and Prescriptive Interactions

Decision Making: Descriptive, Normative, and Prescriptive Interactions

by David E. Bell
     
 

The analysis of decision making under uncertainty has again become a major focus of interest. This volume presents contributions from leading specialists in different fields and provides a summary and synthesis of work in this area. It is based on a conference held at the Harvard Business School. The book brings together the different approaches to decision making -… See more details below

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The analysis of decision making under uncertainty has again become a major focus of interest. This volume presents contributions from leading specialists in different fields and provides a summary and synthesis of work in this area. It is based on a conference held at the Harvard Business School. The book brings together the different approaches to decision making - normative, descriptive, and prescriptive - which largely correspond to different disciplinary interests. Mathematicians have concentrated on rational procedures for decision making - how people should make decisions. Psychologists have examined how poeple do make decisions, and how far their behaviour is compatible with any rational model. Operations researchers study the application of decision models to actual problems. Throughout, the aim is to present the current state of research and its application and also to show how the different disciplinary approaches can inform one another and thus lay the foundations for the integrated analysis of decision making. The book will be of interest to researchers, teachers - for use as background reading for a decision theory course - students, and consultants and others involved in the practical application of the analysis of decision making. It will be of interest to specialists and students in statistics, mathematics, economics, psychology and the behavioural sciences, operations research, and management science.

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Papers presented at a conference held at the Harvard Business School, June, 1983. Presents the current state of research and its application; also demonstrates how the different disciplinary approaches can inform one another and thus lay the foundations for the integrated analysis of decision making. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780521351492
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1988
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x (d)

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