Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis (with CD-ROM and Microsoft Project 2003 120 day version)

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9780324312560: Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis (with CD-ROM and Microsoft Project 2003 120 day version)

Valuable software, realistic examples, and fascinating topics . . . everything you need to master the most widely used management science techniques using Microsoft Excel™ is right here! Learning to make decisions in today's business world takes training and experience. Cliff Ragsdale--the respected innovator in the field of management science--is an outstanding guide to help you learn the skills you need, use Microsoft Excel for Windows to implement those skills, and gain the confidence to apply what you learn to real business situations. SPREADSHEET MODELING AND DECISION ANALYSIS gives you step-by-step instructions and annotated screen shots to make examples easy to follow. Plus, interesting sections called The World of Management Science show you how each topic has been applied in a real company.

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Cliff Ragsdale is the Bank of America Professor, Department of Business Information Technology in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, where he has taught since 1990. He received his Ph.D. in Management Science and Information Technology from the University of Georgia. He also holds an M.B.A. in Finance and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Before pursuing his Ph.D., he was supervisor of Benefit Finance & Qualified Plans at the international headquarters of Red Lobster, Inc. He has served as an information systems and statistical consultant for a variety of companies and as an expert witness in the area of spreadsheet forensics. Dr. Ragsdale's primary areas of research interest include applications of artificial intelligence, mathematical programming, and applying statistics to business problems. His research has appeared in DECISION SCIENCES, NAVAL RESEARCH LOGISTICS, OMEGA: THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, COMPUTERS & OPERATIONS RESEARCH, OPERATIONS RESEARCH LETTERS, PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING, and other publications. He has received both the Pamplin award for excellence in teaching and the Outstanding Doctoral Educator Award from the Pamplin College of Business Administration at Virginia Tech. Dr. Ragsdale is a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute and active member of DSI and INFORMS.

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In our opinion, Ragsdale has sufficient technical depth, including algebraic modeling, in all of the topics we teach (linear programming, decision analysis, queuing models, simulation, and forecasting). The text is well written with a wide range of problems (easy to very difficult) from a variety of applications.

[Ragsdale] has a very straightforward presentation of a difficult topic. It is readable for students and useful for professors.

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