Business Strategies for a Messy World: Tools for Systemic Problem-Solving

Springer
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Using current business examples and academic research, Tools for Systematic Problem-Solving educates managers and executives on how to systematically examine key assumptions to ensure survival and success for their organizations.
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Author Ian I. Mitroff: Ian I. Mitroff is Senior Research Associate at the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, USA; Professor Emeritus of the University of Southern California, USA; and President of Mitroff Crisis Management.
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Publisher
Springer
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Published on
Nov 22, 2013
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Pages
79
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ISBN
9781137386403
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Business Mathematics
Business & Economics / Human Resources & Personnel Management
Business & Economics / Information Management
Business & Economics / Knowledge Capital
Business & Economics / Management
Business & Economics / Production & Operations Management
Business & Economics / Strategic Planning
Computers / Enterprise Applications / Business Intelligence Tools
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