This text takes an active-learning approach, providing numerous examples and problems so students can practice extensively with a concept before moving on. Four types of problems -- skill-building, skill-extending, modeling, and cases are graded within sections and chapters to help instructors assign homework. Another important feature is the way that the text integrates modeling into all functional areas of business: finance, marketing, operations management using real examples and real data. The text emphasizes modeling over algebraic formulations and memorization of particular models. Shell files are also provided so that instructors can give students as much or as little information as they need.
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Wayne L. Winston is Professor of Operations and Decision Technologies in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where he has taught since 1975. Wayne received his B.S. degree in Mathematics from MIT and his Ph.D. degree in Operations Research from Yale. He has written the successful textbooks OPERATIONS RESEARCH: APPLICATIONS AND ALGORITHMS, MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING: APPLICATIONS AND ALGORITHMS, SIMULATION MODELING WITH @RISK, DATA ANALYSIS AND DECISION MAKING, DATA ANALYSIS FOR MANAGERS, SPREADSHEET MODELING AND APPLICATIONS, AND FINANCIAL MODELS USING SIMULATION AND OPTIMIZATION. Wayne has published over 20 articles in leading journals and has won many teaching awards, including the school-wide MBA award four times. His current interest is in showing how spreadsheet models can be used to solve business problems in all disciplines, particularly in finance and marketing.Review:
"Prose is casual and understandable; not stuffy or full of jargon. Problems are realistic and motivating for students, but solvable. Working through problems within a spreadsheet provided by the authors along side text discussion is invaluable for the learning experience."
"More simplistic and to the point. Not to much extra material above and beyond the stuent's level. I also enjoyed the more focused approach toward simulations!! Good business examples are used with nice introductory paragraphs for each chapter. The CD that accompanies the book contains wonderful solution sets and useful supplemental programs."
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Book Description South-Western College Pub, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110324662513
Book Description South-Western College Pub, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0324662513