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1st Edition

Decision Options
The Art and Science of Making Decisions

ISBN 9781420086829
Published June 1, 2009 by Chapman & Hall
316 Pages 216 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Although uncertainty and flexibility are important attributes that drive the value of an investment, they are seldom systematically considered in traditional financial analysis. Through theory and case studies, Decision Options: The Art and Science of Making Decisions details how uncertainty and flexibility can be evaluated to assist in making better investment decisions in companies. Harnessing the author’s own software technology, the book supplies a tool set that enables the incorporation of uncertainty and flexibility in investment decisions up front without being too complex.

After a qualitative introduction to decision options, the author covers private and market risks, including how risks relate to decisions and the use of stochastic processes to represent risks. He then presents self-standing options, such as financial options and options pricing theory; describes how decision options are different from single-standing financial options; and deals with a special case of decision options in pricing employee stock options. The next several chapters focus on various case studies of practical applications of decision options. The book also explores common misperceptions around the term real options and the impediments that currently exist in large companies for the systematic practice of decision options.

Providing rigorous methods to use when making decisions, this book helps readers reduce the time and effort needed to reach decisions and build consensus, improve decision fidelity and communication, and enhance the value of their enterprise.

Table of Contents


Decisions, Options, and Decision Options

Decisions as Predetermined Outcomes, Options, and Risks

Private Risks and Probabilities

Market Risks and Stochastic Processes

Self-Standing Options and Pricing of Options

Pricing of Decision Options

Employee Stock Options as Decision Options

Case Studies in Life Sciences

Case Studies in Technology and Manufacturing

Case Studies in Commodities

Case Studies in Financial Services

Misperceptions Regarding Real Options

Challenges to Decision Options Implementation and Possible Remedies

Past, Present, and Future


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Gill Eapen is the founder and managing principal of Decision Options, LLC, a boutique advisory services company. He developed Decision Options Technology, a software platform that allows modeling of complex decision problems and assets to improve decision making, risk management, and portfolio maximization. He also designed Decision Options Equity Research, an automated analysis and trading system for publicly traded securities. Eapen holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology.