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Decision Making for Business
A Reader

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Decision Analysis

September 2001 | 278 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In this book, Graeme Salaman gathers the best contributions to our understanding of decision-making and assembles them to form a coherent and sustained analysis of the key factors that influence decision making. The selected articles are stimulating, provocative and analytical, resulting in a critical and comprehensive analysis of decision making.

Decision-making for Business presents essential readings concerned with the importance of decisions, the processes of decision-making, and the implications of `flawed' decision-making. The book reveals ways in which patterns of decision-making can be described and explained, and how these patterns require the use of a range of theories, which are included in the selection. This work is designed as a resource for anyone seeking an understanding of the changing nature of organizations and the world of business.

 
SECTION ONE: THE ANATOMY OF DECISION-MAKING
Irving L Janis
A Perfect Failure
The Bay of Pigs

 
Erhard K Valentin
Anatomy of a Fatal Business Strategy
Richard M Cyert and James G March
A Summary of Basic Concepts in the Behavioural Theory of the Firm
Susan Miller, David Hickson and David Wilson
Decision-Making in Organizations
 
SECTION TWO: UNDERSTANDING DECISION MAKING: UNDERSTANDING ORGANIZATIONS
Andrew M Pettigrew
Decision-Making as a Political Process
Nils Brunsson
The Irrationality of Action and Action Rationality
Ideologies and Organizational Actions

 
A Strauss, L Scatzman, D Ehrlich, R Bucher and M Sabsin
The Hospital and Its Negotiated Order
Don Zimmerman
The Practicalities of Rule Use
 
SECTION THREE: THINKING IN ORGANIZATIONS
Linda Smircich and Charles Stubbart
Strategic Management in an Enacted World
Theresa K Lant, Frances J Milliken and Bipin Batra
The Role of Managerial Learning and Interpretation in Strategic Persistence and Re-Orientation
An Empirical Exploration

 
Charles R Schwenk
The Cognitive Perspective on Strategic Decision-Making
Paul Bate
The Impact of Organizational Culture on Approaches to Organizational Problem-Solving
 
SECTION FOUR: THE SOCIETAL CONTEXT OF ORGANIZATIONAL DECISION-MAKING
Nils Brunsson and Johan P Olsen
Organizational Forms
Can We Choose Them?

 
Paul Du Gay and Graeme Salaman
The Cult(ure) of the Customer
Janet Newman
Managerialism and Social Welfare
Herv[ac]e Laroche
From Decision to Action in Organizations
Decision-Making as a Social Representation

 

excellent resource for qualitative aspects of decision making; would benefit by a more creative layout (i.e. colour, boxed examples/cases); would also be beneficial to include in future edition a concluding chapter which summarises the overarching themes of this reader

Mr Georgios Zifkos
Business Management, York St John University
May 20, 2015

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