An Introduction to Management Science: Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making

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9780314024794: An Introduction to Management Science: Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making

This best-selling book flawlessly blends problem formulation, managerial interpretation, and math techniques with an emphasis on problem solving. Intended for business professionals, and managers who would like to have a better conceptual understanding of the role management science in the decision-making process. Blends problem formulation, managerial interpretation, and math techniques with an emphasis on problem solving.

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Dr. David R. Anderson is a textbook author and Professor Emeritus of Quantitative Analysis in the College of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati. He has served as head of the Department of Quantitative Analysis and Operations Management and as Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration. He was also coordinator of the College's first Executive Program. In addition to introductory statistics for business students, Dr. Anderson has taught graduate-level courses in regression analysis, multivariate analysis, and management science. He also has taught statistical courses at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. Professor Anderson has received numerous honors for excellence in teaching and service to student organizations. He is the coauthor of ten textbooks related to decision sciences and actively consults with businesses in the areas of sampling and statistical methods. Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, he earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Purdue University.

Dennis J. Sweeney is Professor of Quantitative Analysis and Director of the Center for Productivity Improvement at the University of Cincinnati. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he earned a B.S.B.A. degree from Drake University, graduating summa cum laude. He received his M.B.A. and D.B.A. degrees from Indiana University where he was an NDEA Fellow. During 1978-79, he spent a year working in the management science group at Procter & Gamble; during 1981-82, he was a visiting professor at Duke University. Professor Sweeney served 5 years as Head of the Department of Quantitative Analysis and 4 years as Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Sweeney has published over 30 articles in the area of management science and statistics. The National Science Foundation, IBM, Procter &Gamble, Federated Department Stores, Kroger, and Cincinnati Gas & Electric have funded his research, which has been published in Management Science, Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, Decision Sciences, and other journals. Professor Sweeney has coauthored eight textbooks in the areas of statistics, management science, linear programming, and production and operations management.

Thomas A. Williams is Professor of Management Science in the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology. Born in Elmira, New York, he earned his B.S. degree at Clarkson University. He did his graduate work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Before joining the College of Business at RIT, Professor Williams served for 7 years as a faculty member in the College of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati, where he developed the undergraduate program in Information Systems and then served as its coordinator. At RIT he was the first chairman of the Decision Sciences Department. He teaches courses in management science and statistics, as well as more advanced courses in regression and decision analysis. Professor Williams is the co-author of nine textbooks in the areas of management science, statistics, production and operations management, and mathematics. He has been a consultant for numerous Fortune 500 companies and has worked on projects ranging from the use of elementary data analysis to the development of large-scale regression models.

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I think it is a very good book and will continue to use it. I have selected ASW over other texts because it still covers the modeling and formulation aspects well. These are often obscured or absent in the spreadsheet-based texts.

The book provides a very good coverage of computer output. I have been using ASW Intro to MS for the last 15 years, and I have no intention of switching to another textbook.

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