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Handbook of Decision Making

1st Edition

Edited by Goktug Morcol

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664 pages | 41 B/W Illus.

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Over time, thought processes and decision making styles evolved and were shaped by theological, philosophical, political, social, and environmental factors and trends. Recently, advances in technology have borne an unprecedented influence on our social environment. Contemporary thinking inevitably reflects this influence and moves us from a linear, cause -effect rationale to broader perspectives that encompass new methodologies and an understanding of networked and complex social relations.

Handbook of Decision Making is the first text of its kind to include the mainstream methods and theories of decision making, describe the influence of theological and philosophical traditions, and offer contemporary scientific theories. Decision making styles and processes vary with context and no single theory is comprehensive enough to capture the complexity involved. The editor identifies common patterns and the variations that different contexts may generate. The text covers the mainstream methods of decision making such as cost-benefit analysis, linear programming, and queuing. It also explains alternative and emerging methods such as geographic information systems, Q-methodology, narrative policy analysis, methods of creative thinking, and conflict management. Practical applications of the methods discussed are illustrated by examples of decision making practices in budgeting, public administration, drug trafficking, and information systems.

Handbook of Decision Making offers an understanding of decision making processes in a broader social context, which will enable decision makers to find the best methods for a given circumstances.

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The handbook is the first text of its kind to include the mainstream methods and theories of decision making as well as the influence of theological and philosophical traditions, and contemporary scientific theories. Decision making styles and processes vary with context and no single theory is comprehensive enough to capture the complexity involved. The editor identifies common patterns and variations that different contexts may generate. The text covers mainstream methods of decision making such as cost benefit analysis, linear programming, and queuing. It also explains alternative and emerging methods such as GIS, Q-methodology, narrative policy analysis, methods of creative thinking, and conflict management. Practical applications of the methods discussed are illustrated by examples of decision making practices in budgeting, public administration, drug trafficking, and information systems. Presenting a variety of different perspectives on rationality in decision making, this handbook offers an understanding of those processes in a broader social context, which will enable decision makers to find the best methods for a given circumstance.

-- Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment, October 2010

Table of Contents

Part I: Overview and Introduction

Decision Making: An Overview of Theories, Contexts, and Methods, G. Morçöl

Part II: Theories of Decision Making

The Contribution of Public Choice Analysis to Decision Making Theories in Public Administration: Past, Present, and Future, T. Heikkila

Policy Making Through Disjointed Incrementalism, M. Hayes

Bounded Rationality and Organizational Influence: Herbert Simon and the Behavioral Revolution, M. S. Mingus

Practical Reasoning and Action: Simon's Administrative Behavior in Contex, P. Nieuwenburg

Discourse, Decision, and the Doublet: An Essay on Crisis of Modern, T. J. Catlaw

Evolution, Cognition, and Decision Making, S. A. Peterson

Punctuated Equilibrium Models in Organizational Decision Making, S. E. Robinson

Democratic Theory as a Frame for Decision Making: The Challenges by Discourse Theory and Governance Theory, E. Sørensen

Governing Policy Networks, E. H. Klijn and J. F. M. Koppenjan

Complex Systems Thinking and its Implications for Policy Analysis, K. A. Richardson

The New Sensibilities of Nonlinear Decision Making: Timing, Praxis, and a Feel for Relationship, L. F. Dennard

Decision Making in Interdisciplinary Studies, W. H. Newell

Foundations of Confucian Decision Making, D. Jones

Decision: Nishitani on Time and Karma, J. M. Wirth

Theology and Decision Making: Judaism, A. A. Marcus

Part III: Contexts of Decision Making

Decision Making in Public Management Networks, R. Agranoff and M. Yildiz

Political Decision Making within Metropolitan Areas, J. W. Meek

The Rules of Drug Trafficking: Decision Making in Colombian Narcotics Enterprises, M. Kenney

Information, Technology, and Decision Making, J. W. Dickey and I. A. Birdsall

Decision-Making Models Used in E-Government Projects: Evidence from Turkey, M. Yildiz

Budgeting as an Institutional Practice: Modeling Decision Making in the Budget, E. Choudhury

Strategic Planning and Decision Making, O. Meilich and A. A. Marcus

Part IV: Methods of Decision Making

Experiments and Quasi-Experiments for Decision Making: Why, How, and How Good? M. M. Mark and J. Mills

Cost Benefit Analysis, T. F. Nas

Linear Programming and Integer Programming: Choosing the Optimal Mix of Alternatives, D. K. Gupta

Queuing Theory and Simulations, D. K. Gupta

Decision Making in Geographic Information Systems, A. Haque

Q Methodology and Decision Making, D. W. Durning and S. R. Brown

Methods of Assessing and Enhancing Creativity for Public Policy Decision Making, G. Morçöl

Participatory Decision Making: Using Conflict Management Theories, Methods, and Skills to Overcome the Rational and Irrational Sources of Conflict, S. Summers Raines

Narrative Policy Analysis for Decision Making, E. Roe

Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General