Management Decision Making

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Gower, 1985 - Decision-making - 180 pages
Acknowledgements Preface 1. The management context Crucial competence The rational manager The five point plan Some factors which affect dacision making How managers spend their time Chief resource or bloody nuisance? People are wholes, not spare parts Involving work people in decisions 2. Know your mind Brain power Three families of abilities Using your depth mind Managing emotion Roadblocks to learning Conclusion 3. Analysing Identifying the hallmarks of a good analytical mind Analytical ability in management The skill of asking yourself questions The analytical mathods of logicians Think backwards Organise y์the facts The logic of the situation The missing missile 4. Holistic thinking The holistic vision Some holistic approaches Thinking holistically about problems Nature and growth Holistic numeracy Signpost 5. Thinking in concepts Concepts Conceptual thinking and decision making Reflective thinking Conclusions 6. Imaginative thinking Thinking in picture Thinking and imagination Imaginative thinking in action Yes, but can you develop imaginative thinking? Imagination in perspective 7. Valuing The autonomy of valuing A policy for thinkers Consulting specialits Valuing in perspective 8. Your sixth sense : intuition Trusting your intuition Emotion and intuition Business falir Conclusion 9. Your depth mind Using the principle Some guidelines 10. Options Developing a range of options False assumptions: some examples from history Some limitations affecting management choises Generations more options Assessing the consequences The importance of probability Summary 11. Arguing How to get it wrong Conclusion 12. Useful originality What is creativity? Necessity is the mother of invention Widen yor span of analogy The depth mind dimension Idea banks Innovation Management actions 13. Developing your thinking skills What is an effective decision? The goal of consensus Wht is an effective thinker? Making an inventory of your sklss Learning on the job Keep mentally fit How to avoid stimulus deficiency Conclusion Answers to problems Index.

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Holistic thinking
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