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Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam
Mark Bowden
0871139251
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. SignatureReviewed by Philip CaputoWith Iran fingered in the latest National Security Assessment as America's number one enemy, Mark Bowden's new book is particularly timely. Guests of the Ayatollah chronicles the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by student militants, who held 66 American staffers hostage from November 1979 till January 1981, seizing this nation's attention in the process.In the aftermath of 9/11, with wars raging in Iraq and Afghanistan, that event seems to belong to the remote past, but as Bowden points out, it was "America's first confrontation with Islamo-fascism," while the hostages (who were released alive) were "the first victims of the inaptly named War on Terror."Although some may dispute those points, his portrayal of the hostage takers and their fanatical...


Execution
Larry Bossidy
0609610570
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
Disciplines like strategy, leadership development, and innovation are the sexier aspects of being at the helm of a successful business; actually getting things done never seems quite as glamorous. But as Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan demonstrate in Execution, the ultimate difference between a company and its competitor is, in fact, the ability to execute.

Execution is "the missing link between aspirations and results," and as such, making it happen is the business leader's most important job. While failure in today's business environment is often attributed to other causes, Bossidy and Charan argue that the biggest obstacle to success is the absence of execution. They point out that without execution, breakthrough thinking on managing change breaks down, and they emphasize the fact that execution is a discipline...



Operations Management
William J. Stevenson
0072971223
January 2004
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description
Stevenson’s Operations Management surveys the field of operations in both services and manufacturing. As always, this new edition offers complete, balanced, and flexible coverage of operations management. With hands-on examples and support in the text, and the most extensive technology support package available, students will have a practical, deep, up to date, and motivating study resource. Combine that with the clear explanations of topics, and the countless presentation enhancements, this new Eighth Edition is the best ever. Coverage flows from the overall strategic issues of designing products and services and making major capacity and location decisions, through the operating processes and control systems, including well supported quantitative applications. Many specialty topics and quantitative...


Execution
Larry Bossidy
0739302752
Dec 2002
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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Book Review
Disciplines like strategy, leadership development, and innovation are the sexier aspects of being at the helm of a successful business; actually getting things done never seems quite as glamorous. But as Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan demonstrate in Execution, the ultimate difference between a company and its competitor is, in fact, the ability to execute.

Execution is "the missing link between aspirations and results," and as such, making it happen is the business leader's most important job. While failure in today's business environment is often attributed to other causes, Bossidy and Charan argue that the biggest obstacle to success is the absence of execution. They point out that without execution, breakthrough thinking on managing change breaks down, and they emphasize the fact that execution is a discipline...



Methods of Operations Research

0486432343


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Book Description
Operations research originated during World War II with the military's need for a scientific method of providing executive departments with a quantitative decision-making basis. This volume—co-written by the father of operations research and one of his closest associates—originally appeared in classified form but was later made available to scientists, engineers, and other nonmilitary professionals. The authors discuss probability and the use of measures of effectiveness. They explore strategical kinematics, tactical analysis, gunnery and bombardment problems, operational experiments with equipment and tactics, and organizational and procedural problems. This new edition features an introduction by Saul I. Gass. 51 figures. 31 tables.


Optimization in Operations Research
Ronald L. Rardin
0023984155
Aug 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book is specifically designed to change the way deterministic optimization is taught to introductory students. Toward this end, it exposes students to the broad scope of the topic, reinforces the basic principles, sparks students' enthusiasm about the field, provides tools of immediate relevance and develops the skills necessary to use those tools.

From the Back Cover
This book is specifically designed to change the way deterministic optimization is taught to introductory students. Toward this end, it exposes students to the broad scope of the topic, reinforces the basic principles, sparks students' enthusiasm about the field, provides tools of immediate relevance and develops the skills necessary to use those tools.


What Is Six SIGMA
Peter S. Pande
0071381856
January 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
A brief introduction to Six Sigma for employees Six Sigma is today's most talked-about system for improving the quality of organizational processes. Written by bestselling author Peter Pande, What Is Six Sigma? is a concise summary of the core themes and processes of Six Sigma. Unlike almost all other books on Six Sigma, it is written for the employees of organizations rolling out Six Sigma not just managers. This helpful overview describes what Six Sigma is, why companies are implementing it, and how employees can make it a success in their own organizations. Based on the bestselling The Six Sigma Way, this accessable introduction to Six Sigma answers typical employee questions, concerns, and even skepticism about this revolutionary program. Includes: The six themes of Six Sigma A five-step roadmap to Six Sigma...


Patterns of Industrial Bureaucracy
Alvin W. Goulder
0029127408
July 1964
Paperback
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Managing Business Process Flows: Principles of Operations Management
Ravi Anupindi
0131676865
January 2005
Textbook Paperback
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The Art of Innovation : Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm
Tom Kelley, et al
0385499841
January 16, 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
IDEO, the world's leading design firm, is the brain trust that's behind some of the more brilliant innovations of the past 20 years--from the Apple mouse, the Polaroid i-Zone instant camera, and the Palm V to the "fat" toothbrush for kids and a self-sealing water bottle for dirt bikers. Not surprisingly, companies all over the world have long wondered what they could learn from IDEO, to come up with better ideas for their own products, services, and operations. In this terrific book from IDEO general manager Tom Kelley (brother of founder David Kelley), IDEO finally delivers--but thankfully not in the step-by-step, flow-chart-filled "process speak" of most how-you-can-do-what-we-do business books. Sure, there are some good bulleted lists to be found here--such as the secrets of successful brainstorming, the...


Operations Management for Competitive Advantage with Student DVD
Richard B Chase, et al
0073121665
May 5, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Chase, Jacobs and Aquilano: Operations Management for Competitive Advantage, 11/e (CJA) provides a current and thorough introduction to the concepts, processes, and methods of managing and controlling operations in manufacturing or service settings. The text provides comprehensive coverage, from high-tech manufacturing to high touch services with a balanced treatment. Chase, Jacobs, and Aquilano also thoroughly integrates and discusses current issues such as globalization; supply chain strategy, E-business, and ERP. The concepts are illustrated by using abundant real world examples, articles, illustrations, problems and cases. Technology is integral to the success of this course, as such, CJA also provide students and instructors with an innovative array of leading edge technology learning and teaching tools. ...


World Class Manufacturing
Richard J. Schonberger
0029292700
Jan 1986
Hardcover
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Review
John M. BurnhamCFPIM Regional Vice President, American Production and Inventory Control SocietyRichard Schonberger has successfully addressed the next steps in the journey toward becoming world-class manufacturers -- issues of holistic view and perspective, effective interfacing among functional areas, and demonstrated results that demolish the arguments that "we're different" and "it can't be done." Each of his chapter topics is logically and persuasively developed. In a word, I wish I had written this book.
Philip GrayVice President, Defense Systems & Electronics Group, Texas InstrumentsWorld Class Manufacturing brings together for the first time all the programs and approaches we at Texas Instruments and other companies have been working toward for the past six years -- total quality control, just-in-time...


Six Sigma for Everyone
George Eckes
0471281565
January 2003
Paperback
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Review
“…I would recommend this book to anyone who was considering implementing six Sigma…” (crazycolour.com/consulting, April 2003)

“…a useful guide to anyone who wants to learn more about this approach…” (Supply Management, 8 May 2003)

Supply Management, 8 May 2003
...a useful guide to anyone who wants to learn more about this approach...

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The New Manufacturing Challenge
Kiyoshi Suzaki
0029320402
July 1987
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Maintaining world competitiveness has been the clarion call for many industries in the 1980s. For manufacturing companies, improving production efficiency has been the key. This work lays out specific suggestions for improving manufacturing techniques on the shop floor. The chapters, profusely illustrated, treat topics such as quick setup, job rotation, U-shaped production lines, and preventive maintenance. In each, the author uses his diverse experience as an efficiency expert for several leading consulting houses to good advantage. However, the volume lacks a strong philosophical framework and comes off rather like a dry list of helpful hints. Recommended only for production specialists. Gene R. Laczniak, Coll. of Business Administration, Marquette Univ., MilwaukeeCopyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. ...


Project Management with Student CD and MS Project CD (McGraw-Hill/Irwin Series Operations and Decision Sciences)
Clifford F. Gray, Erik W. Larson
0073126993
January 28, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This text approaches Project Management from a holistic, balanced perspective. The text is developed around a philosophy of a project-driven organization committed to continuous improvement and organizational learning. The text is holistic--it directs attention to the needed linkage between projects and organizational strategy. Many project management textbooks emphasize the technical aspects of the subject, while providing scant attention to the human element in projects. This text succeeds in redressing the balance by treating both the technical and the behavioral aspects of the subject in nearly equal parts. Such a balance is possible because of the complementary backgrounds of the authors: Gray, a specialist in project management systems with an operations background, provides strong technical coverage of project...


Operations Research: An Introduction
Hamdy A. Taha
0130323748
June 2002
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description
This seventh edition continues to build on the strength of the first six editions, providing balanced coverage of the theory, applications, and computations of operations research. Complex mathematical concepts are effectively explained by means of carefully designed numerical examples, essentially eliminating the need for the usually obscure formal mathematical proofs. The book includes fully analyzed practical situations and each chapter concludes with summary applications borrowed from published case studies. The role of modern computational tools in enhancing the effectiveness of operations research as a decision-making tool receives considerable attention in this new edition. New for the Seventh Edition: Practically every algorithm in the book is now supported and explained by an appropriate software...


Six Sigma for Managers
Greg Brue
0071387552
March 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
THE BRIEFCASE BOOKS SERIES Now translated into nine languages! This reader-friendly, icon-rich series is must reading for all managers at every level. All managers, whether brand new to their positions or well established in the corporate hierarchy, can use a little "brushing up" now and then. The skills-based Briefcase Books series is filled with ideas and strategies to help managers become more capable, efficient, effective, and valuable to their corporations. Six Sigma one of the hottest topics in today's manufacturing circles is a statistical concept that characterizes nearly zero defects in any process. But its successful implementation involves a whole new set of management practices. Six Sigma for Managers will help managers better understand this concept and how to facilitate the learning, cooperation,...


The New Shop Floor Management
Kiyoshi Suzaki
0029322650
Feb 1993
Hardcover
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Review
Alan R. Monahan Vice President, World Wide Manufacturing, Xerox Corporation American manufacturing has, for far too long, neglected "front line" workers in day-to-day business activities. This book is an excellent source of ideas, techniques, and approaches for improved business results through the engagement of this critical resource.
Siegfried P. Adler President, Borg-Warner Automotive, Inc. Suzaki shows how to extend the role of management down to the shop floor, thus making the front-line workforce share in the responsibilities and achievements of the company. His insights are invaluable.
Lee M. Gardner President and COO, Masco Industries, Inc. Suzaki helps us to see the shop floor as a critical battleground in today's business and illustrates ways to break our mindset to achieve continuous improvement for...


Schaum's Outline of Operations Research
Richard Bronson
0070080208
July 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Tackling the broad range of allocation problems that actually confront engineers, programmers and analysts in today's business and industrial worlds, this book takes readers step-by-step through all the mathematical programming techniques--including the trailblazing Karmarkar algorithm--needed to excel in any operations research course. It's easy to see why the first edition of this invaluable study guide sole more than 35,000 copies! It cuts down study time while it builds essential skills.

From the Back Cover
This solvedproblem study guide helps you ace operations research courses! Completely worked problems shoe you each and every step to hundreds of solutions! Tackling the broad range of allocation problems that actually confront engineers, programmers, and analysts...


Business Research Methods with CD
Donald R. Cooper
0073214876
January 2005
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description
Cooper and Schindler’s Business Research Methods offers students and instructors thorough coverage of business research topics backed by solid theory. The authors are successful marketing research consultants and that is evident in the rich and realistic case studies found in the text. Managerial decision making is the underlying theme, topics and applications are presented and organized in a manner that allow students to thoroughly understand business research topics and functions. Consequently, the structure of the text encourages and supports completion of an in-depth business research project during the semester.

About the Author
Don Cooper is the writer of the text. He is on leave from Florida Atlantic University and currently does extensive consulting work for...


Operations Management with Student CD-ROM
William J Stevenson, William Stevenson
0072476702
July 13, 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Operations Management, 7/e surveys the field of operations in both the services and manufacturing sectors. Provides enhanced coverage from the strategies of designing a product or service, through the processes and systems of making and delivering the product, and controlling the operations. All the standard topics are covered with concepts and supporting examples, problems, cases, and appropriate current news clips and readings. Stevenson highlights the very important role Operations plays in today’s business world with concise coverage of concepts such as JIT, TQM, supply chain management with more thorough integration of services and increased use of real world examples. All basic quantitative techniques are presented, many in supplements that can be highlighted or bypassed depending on the course...


Flowcharts: Plain & Simple: Learning & Application Guide
Joiner Associates
1884731031
July 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
Flowcharts teaches how to create and compare different flowcharts that outline the sequence of steps in a process. The information is presented in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner through a series of exercises and case studies. Users of Plain & Simple Series learn how to select the right tool for the task at hand, collect the right data, interpret the data, and take appropriate action based on their findings.


Introduction to Algorithms
Thomas H. Cormen
0262032937
January 2001
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Review
Aimed at any serious programmer or computer science student, the new second edition of Introduction to Algorithms builds on the tradition of the original with a truly magisterial guide to the world of algorithms. Clearly presented, mathematically rigorous, and yet approachable even for the math-averse, this title sets a high standard for a textbook and reference to the best algorithms for solving a wide range of computing problems.

With sample problems and mathematical proofs demonstrating the correctness of each algorithm, this book is ideal as a textbook for classroom study, but its reach doesn't end there. The authors do a fine job of explaining each algorithm. (Reference sections on basic mathematical notation will help readers bridge the gap, but it will help to have some math background to appreciate the...



Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering
Warren L. McCabe
0070393664
Sept 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
The book is written in a practical manner for the education of B.S.-level chemical engineers. It introduces students to common equipment and gives them the basic concepts of operation both qualitatively and quantitatively. A solid theoretical foundation enables students to understand basic phenomena underlying the unit operations but real-world applications are also sufficiently covered.


Logistics
John W. Langford
0071345299
July 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
This manual is designed for use in preparing for the Certified Professional Logistician (CPL) exam. Written in a clear, straightforward manner, entry-level, candidate logisticians will acquire the basic knowledge they need to pass the CPL exam and move ahead to more complex logistics systems methodologies that will be required for career advancement. The book offers a thorough understanding of logistics principles and applications, and fully explores the broad areas that will be required for career advancement. The book offers a thorough understanding of logistics principles and applications, and fully explores the broad areas of systems engineering, acquisition and production, and systems management and operations. Aspiring logisticians will find detailed coverage of such essential topics as logistics statistics;...


Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict
Roger B. Myerson
0674341163
January 1991
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Eminently suited to classroom use as well as individual study, Roger Myerson's introductory text provides a clear and thorough examination of the models, solution concepts, results, and methodological principles of noncooperative and cooperative game theory. Myerson introduces, clarifies, and synthesizes the extraordinary advances made in the subject over the past fifteen years, presents an overview of decision theory, and comprehensively reviews the development of the fundamental models: games in extensive form and strategic form, and Bayesian games with incomplete information. Game Theory will be useful for students at the graduate level in economics, political science, operations research, and applied mathematics. Everyone who uses game theory in research will find this book essential.

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Quantitative Models for Supply Chain Management (International Series in Operations Research & Management Science)
Sridhar Tayur (Editor), et al
0792383443
December 31, 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Quantitative models and computer-based tools are essential for making decisions in today's business environment. These tools are of particular importance in the rapidly growing area of supply chain management. This volume is a unified effort to provide a systematic summary of the large variety of new issues being considered, the new set of models being developed, the new techniques for analysis, and the computational methods that have become available recently. The volume's objective is to provide a self-contained, sophisticated research summary - a snapshot at this point of time - in the area of Quantitative Models for Supply Chain Management. While there are some multi-disciplinary aspects of supply chain management not covered here, the Editors and their contributors have captured many important...


Forecasting : Methods and Applications
Spyros G. Makridakis, et al
0471532339
December 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
Can You Predict the Future by Looking at the Past? Since accurate forecasting requires more than just inserting historical data into a model, Forecasting: Methods and Applications, 3/e, adopts a managerial, business orientation. Integrated throughout this text is the innovative idea that explaining the past is not adequate for predicting the future. Inside, you will find the latest techniques used by managers in business today, discover the importance of forecasting and learn how it's accomplished. And you'll develop the necessary skills to meet the increased demand for thoughtful and realistic forecasts. New features in the third edition include:
* An emphasis placed on the practical uses of forecasting.
* All data sets used in this book are available on the Internet.
* Comprehensive coverage...

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