The Executive Strategist: An Armchair Guide to Scientific Decision-Making

The Executive Strategist: An Armchair Guide to Scientific Decision-Making

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Overview

A down-to-earth guide to the new techniques of scientific decision-making known as operations research or management science.

A classic in its field, The Executive Strategist is a down-to-earth guide to the techniques of scientific decision-making known as operations research or management science for busy executives and managers as well as the general reader. It suggests ways to solve basic problems involving inventory ("When is enough, enough?"), competition ("How to tackle a smart opponent"), allocating resources ("Meeting the demand"), waiting lines ("Quicken the queue"), getting things done ("Concepts of control"), and search, information, and replacement ("The needle in the haystack"), plus problems in many other areas.

The Executive Strategist begins simply with a case history from mythology (the judgment of Paris), builds gradually, introducing the reader step-by-step to all the complexities of today's management sciences, and concludes with a realistic formula for putting the methods to work. Filled with easy-to-follow charts and diagrams and delightful illustrations by New Yorker cartoonist Al Ross, and written with a light touch and an easy-to-understand style, The Executive Strategist has been translated into several languages and has been a best-seller overseas as well as in the United States. It is now available for the first time in paperback.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595150786
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2000
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

A Word in Advancevii
1By Way of Introduction1
2Farewell to the Snap Decision13
3The Standard Gamble and Other Ploys25
4The Four Basic Decision Situations39
5Fact or Fiction From Figures53
6The Gentle Art of the Small Bite65
7Should You Chance It?75
8Concepts of Control87
9Branches in a Pattern97
10Quicken the Queue109
11Monte Carlo123
12When is Enough Enough?137
13Meeting the Demand155
14How to Tackle a Smart Opponent169
15The Needle in the Haystack and Other Dilemmas181
16Symbolic Logic, Systems, and Cybernetics197
17Formulating Your Executive Strategy211
18Strategy Briefs for Executive Action225
Some Further Reading241
Index245

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The Executive Strategist: An Armchair Guide to Scientific Decision-Making 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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To learn decision making easier through reading this book. The approach the book adopted can break the complexities of modern management science into better understandable points.