misLeading Indicators: How to Reliably Measure Your Business

misLeading Indicators: How to Reliably Measure Your Business

by Philip Green, George Gabor

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Overview

This book reveals the hidden and potentially misleading nature of measurements, empowering readers to avoid making critical business decisions that are harmful, unreasonable, unwarranted, or plain wrong.

Decision makers in business and government are more reliant than ever on measurements, such as business performance indicators, bond ratings, Six-Sigma indicators, stock ratings, opinion polls, and market research. Yet many popular statistical and business books and courses relating to measurement are based on flawed principles, leading managers to the wrong conclusions—and ultimately, the wrong decisions. misLeading Indicators: How to Reliably Measure Your Business provides something unique and invaluable: trustworthy tools for judging measurements.

Each chapter illustrates the four key principles for reliable measurements: sufficient background information, accuracy and precision, reasonable inferences, and reality checks in different situations. After the three fundamental methods of measuring are defined, the authors expand to the application and interpretation of measurements in specific areas, including business performance, risk management, process, control, finance, and economics. This book supplies essential information for managers in business and government who depend on accurate information to run their organizations, as well as the consultants who advise them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313395956
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/22/2012
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Philip Green is chairman and CEO of First Resource Management Group, Inc.

George Gabor, now retired, was professor of statistics at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

What People are Saying About This

Phil Rosenzweig

"Lively, well-written, and full of fascinating examples. All managers, in all functions and areas of responsibility, will benefit from these wise insights. Green and Gabor have done a superb job of bringing common measurement errors into their focus. I found misLeading Indicators a joy to read!"

Dr. Michael E. Raynor

"Measurement is central not only to management but to much of life. However, only with an understanding of an idea's limitations can we hope to realize its full power. Green and Gabor, in a thoughtful synthesis of validated theory and tested practical applications, provide a much-needed perspective on what we can and cannot measure. The result is valuable insight into how we can achieve our most cherished goals."

Gadi Meir VP

"After reading the first chapter, I already had a full page of notes and ideas to take with me to the office tomorrow! In the extremely busy life of executives, I fear we simply take the accuracy, relevance, and meaningfulness of reports and measurements for granted. misLeading Indicators effectively exposes the shortcomings and implications of not questioning them."

Lawrence Solomon

"Don't think for a minute that this book will only enlighten those in business. After reading misLeading Indicators, no one will look at any measurement or statistic without a healthy dose of skepticism."

Michael B. Deeb

"You think you know performance measurement? Think again! I've been in the investment business for 50 years—this book will make you reexamine many investment decisions you have made."

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