A Scientist's Tools for Business: Metaphors and Modes of Thought

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University Rochester Press, 1997 - Business & Economics - 202 pages
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A Scientist's Tools for Business is intended to illustrate and explain the connections between everyday business problems and tools and modes of thought of the scientist, and it hopes to make accessible to a wide audience some of the approaches that scientists have found to be indispensable. Among these tools are the scientist's use of mathematical reasoning without becoming bogged down in detailed mathematics, and scientific metaphors used to explain complex ideas. Both of these methods (and many others examined) can be very powerful weapons in a manager's problem-solving arsenal.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
How to Specify Just Enough
5
Change and Growth
11
The New Mechanics
18
Visual Management
26
Direction
44
Brittle Is Bad
57
Spreading Things Out
63
Extracting Meaning in a Complex Environment
106
Trimming Things Up
130
Change Revisited
142
Managing Operations
154
The Big Picture
160
Sloppiness Is on the Increase
171
Matchmaking
178
It s a Quantitative World
187

Detective Work
77
Everything Is Relative
89
Its a Chancy World
95

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