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Bending the Law of Unintended Consequences

A Test-Drive Method for Critical Decision-Making in Organizations

Authors: Adler, Richard

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  • Offers an innovative method to improve critical decision-making in organizations
  • Features realistic example test drives of critical problems of broad interest to businesses
  • Features two instructional videos online
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This title provides managers, executives and other professionals with an innovative method for critical decision-making. The book explains the reasons for decision failures using the Law of Unintended Consequences. This account draws on the work of sociologist Robert K. Merton, psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, and economist Herbert Simon to identify two primary causes⁠: cognitive biases and bounded rationality. It introduces an innovative method for “test driving” decisions that addresses both causes by combining scenario planning and “what-if” simulations. This method enables professionals to learn safely from virtual mistakes rather than real ones. It also provides four sample test drives of realistic critical decisions as well as two instructional videos to illustrate this new method. This book provides leaders and their support teams with important new tools for analyzing and refining complex decisions that are critical to organizational well-being and survival.

About the authors

Richard M. Adler is Founder and President of DecisionPath (USA), where he creates advanced decision support solutions for diverse problems including competitive marketing, counter-terrorism strategy, and enabling organizational change. He has more than three decades of experience building software tools and applications to automate and improve business operations and critical decision-making. Richard has published on topics including intelligent and distributed systems, simulation, homeland security, and knowledge management.


Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-32714-9
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-32713-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bending the Law of Unintended Consequences
Book Subtitle
A Test-Drive Method for Critical Decision-Making in Organizations
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-32714-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-32714-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32713-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 304
Number of Illustrations
58 b/w illustrations
Topics