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Strategic Decisions and Weak Signals: Anticipation for Decision-Making / Edition 1

Strategic Decisions and Weak Signals: Anticipation for Decision-Making / Edition 1

by Humbert Lesca, Nicolas Lesca
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ISBN-13: 9781848216099
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/28/2014
Series: FOCUS Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Humbert Lesca is Emeritus Professor at Pierre Mendès France University, Grenoble, France and director of research at the CERAG-CNRS (center for studies and research applied to management) laboratory.

Nicolas Lesca is Professor at Claude Bernard University, Lyon, France, and a director of research at the CERAG-CNRS laboratory.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The Subject Within the Field of Management Science: Concepts and Issues 1

1.1 Strategic management and strategic decision-making 3

1.2 Strategic decision-making and anticipation 6

1.3 Anticipation, anticipative information and weak signals 16

1.4 Weak signals and anticipative strategic scanning 25

1.5 Organizational issues in anticipative strategic scanning, which could weaken strategic decision-making 31

1.6 Conclusion: concepts discussed, issues noted and resulting requirements 45

Chapter 2 State of the Art: Systems Suggested by Previous Authors 47

2.1 Entry point: collective interpretation of a set of homogeneous weak signals to make sense 48

2.2 Directly detecting a weak signal in a full text 58

2.3 Automatically selecting a "useful" information fragment (a "brief", for our purposes) 59

2.4 Improving weak-signal detection by improving the target 68

2.5 Conclusion 71

Chapter 3 Proposed Systems: Results of Information System Prototyping Research Conducted at the CNRS-CERAG Lab (France) 73

3.1 TARGETBUILDER, and aid to targeting scanning priorities 74

3.2 APROXIMA, automated extraction of fragments (briefs), which may hold weak signals 82

3.3 ALHENA, an aid to finding connections between weak signals 92

3.4 Conclusion 105

Conclusion 107

Glossary 111

Bibliography 121

Index 129

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