Management for Professionals

Critical Thinking for Managers

Structured Decision-Making and Persuasion in Business

Authors: Atanasiu, Radu

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  • Offers a structured approach and easy-to-use tools for improving decision-making in business
  • Presents tested methods to cope with disagreement and to learn from failure
  • Structures the persuasion process by highlighting the correct mix of arguments and empathy
  • Discusses critical thinking as tool for humane leadership
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This book discusses critical thinking as a tool for more compassionate leadership, presenting tried and tested methods for managing disagreement, for anticipating and solving problems, and for enhancing empathy. Employing a lighter tone of voice than most management books, it also shows how and when less-than-rational mechanisms such as intuition and heuristics may be efficient decision-making tools in any manager’s toolbox.  

Critical thinking is useful for analyzing incoming information in the context of decision-making and is crucial for structuring outgoing information in the context of persuasion. When trying to convince a client to buy a service, an executive board to fund a project, or a colleague to change a procedure, managers can use the simple step-by-step guides provided here to prepare for successful meetings and effective pitches.

Managerial thinking can be steadily improved, using a structured process, especially if we learn to think about our thinking. This book guides current and would-be managers through this process of improving and metathinking, in connection with decision-making and persuasion. Using examples from business, together with research insights from Behavioral Economics and from Management and Organizational Cognition, the author illustrates common pitfalls like hidden assumptions and cognitive biases, and provides easy-to-use solutions for testing hypotheses and resolving dilemmas. 


About the authors

Radu Atanasiu teaches critical thinking for business, decision-making in managerial contexts, and corporate strategy at the Bucharest International School of Management / Maastricht School of Management Romania, at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and at the Entrepreneurship Academy in Bucharest. He also teaches several courses online (MOOCs), especially the popular iversity course "Critical Thinking for Business." Aside from teaching, Radu researches managerial heuristics, conducts executive workshops for businesses, and is actively involved as an angel investor in several technological start-ups. He also runs marathons, often dressed as Mickey Mouse.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Hardcover $84.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Thinking for Managers
Book Subtitle
Structured Decision-Making and Persuasion in Business
Authors
Series Title
Management for Professionals
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-73600-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-73600-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-73599-9
Series ISSN
2192-8096
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 186
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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