Creative computer software for strategic thinking and decision making: a guide for senior management and MIS professionals

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Quorum Books, 1993 - Business & Economics - 321 pages
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Current thinking about how to improve strategic planning (now upgraded to strategic thinking) and decision making by managers at all levels is to employ some aspect of information systems technology. Although this approach has worked well for most organizations, chief executives are now asking their managers to do what they do best but to do it better. But how? Future thinking about improving strategic thinking and decision making involves integrating creativity with the latest in information systems. Hence, the power of the computer can be an important means to assist managers in doing what they do better when employing a creative computer software approach. Initially, the text looks at a number of areas that are impacted by creativity, with special emphasis on creative computer software. Management decision making is examined from a problem-finding or a forward-looking viewpoint that can benefit from utilizing creative computer software. Not only is this software useful for organizing ideas, but also for getting managers involved in networking ideas in different locations of a company. But more importantly, this software centers on the generation of new ideas. To demonstrate the generation of these ideas, the final part of the text gives a number of real-world applications of creative computer software. Particular emphasis is placed on Idea Fisher 4.0, an effective software package for generating new products and services.

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Contents

CREATIVITY TECHNIQUES AND MANAGERIAL
57
RELATIONSHIP OF COMPUTERS
109
Creativity in Corporate Strategic Thinking
185
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About the author (1993)

ROBERT J. THIERAUF is Professor Emeritus of Information Systems at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Previously a staff accountant and consultant at the then Coopers & Lybrand, he has written extensively on all facets of information systems, with particular attention to knowledgment management, online analytical processing, decision support, virtual reality, and other systems--most of which are explored in Dr. Thierauf's 13 previous Quorum books.

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