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Tools for Thinking: Modelling in Management Science, 3rd Edition Paperback – 11 Dec 2009
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From the Back Cover
We live in a complex, tightly connected world in which planning and decision making need to be carefully thought through. There are tools for thinking that will help us to do this. Writing from over 30 years' experience as a management teacher and consultant, Mike Pidd provides the tools for thinking that will help us to think through the consequences of decisions before we act.
The third edition of Tools for Thinking builds on the successes of the previous two editions. It creates a bridge between the soft and hard (Operations Research) OR schools of thought and provides an empirically based framework in which to place them. Focusing on modelling as an activity, rather than on models and techniques, Mike Pidd shows how models can be employed to explore possible future scenarios and to make sense of managerial vision.
This third edition: Has been fully revised and updated without changing its focus Contains a new chapter on Decision Analysis Includes up-to-date examples using popular softwares, such as Precision Tree, @Risk and Micro Saint Sharp, to illustrate how these help in developing and using management science models as tools for thinking.
The book is written for Operational Research and Management Science students, teachers and practitioners. It is also intended for MBA, management and general business students.
About the Author
Mike Pidd is Professor of Management Science at Lancaster University. He has served as President of the Operational Research Society and as Chair of COPIOR (the Committee of Professors in OR). His research interests focus on the development of usable models in management science and computer simulation, most recently in healthcare, and he has published widely in academic journals and books.
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Once I adapted to the authors writing style and really small text (which nearly caused me to remove a star) I found this book an excellent addition to my growing library and knowledge on this area.
I have started by reading books by Checkland (SSM originator), Patching and Wilson directly whereas in hindsight this would have been a better starting place, regardless this book will take pride of place on my systems modelling shelf, as opposed to the very large 'box' in my garage were most business books I have read end up!
I now wonder how I was able to undertake consulting work without an understanding of modelling systems and thinking.