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D is for Decision-making

Written on October 7, 2007

Decision-making turns out to be a popular topic, spanning self-help, business management, cognitive psychology, and various applied fields.

Below I have selected some titles published within the last few years (2005-2007), starred a couple that looked most interesting for the general reader (or to me at least), followed by links to some other book lists. [10/8/07 - added a section for reader recommendations ]

The Book of Hard Choices: How to Make the Right Decisions at Work and Keep Your Self-Respect by James A Autry; Peter Roy (New York : Morgan Road Books, 2006). [business-oriented]

Decision Making: 5 Steps to Better Results (Harvard Business Essentials) (Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School ; London : McGraw-Hill [distributor], 2006). [business-oriented]

Decision Making & Problem Solving Strategies (Creating Success) by John Eric Adair (London ; Philadelphia : Kogan Page, 2007). [business-oriented]

Decision-making in Complex Environments ed. by Malcolm Cook; Janet M Noyes; Yvonne Masakowski (Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007). [technical/specialized]

Emotion and Reason: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Decision Making by Alain Berthoz; tr. Giselle Weiss (Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006).

*The Era of Choice: The Ability to Choose and Its Transformation of Contemporary Life (Bradford Books) by Edward C Rosenthal (Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2005).

A Field Guide to Good Decisions: Values in Action by Mark D Bennett; Joan McIver Gibson (Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006).

The Go Point: When It’s Time to Decide–Knowing What to Do and When to Do It by Michael Useem (New York : Crown Business, 2006). [practical/business-oriented]

Handbook of Decision Making (Public Administration and Public Policy) ed. by Goktug Morcol (Boca Raton : CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2007). [technical]

How Professionals Make Decisions (Expertise, Research and Applications) ed. by Henry Montgomery; Raanan Lipshitz; Berndt Brehmer (Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005). [technical]

Intuition in Judgment and Decision Making ed. by Henning Plessner; Cornelia Betsch; Tilmann Betsch (Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007). [technical]

Process Thinking: Six Pathways to Successful Decision Making by Waymond Rodgers (New York : iUniverse, 2006). [practical/self-help]

The Psychology of Decision Making: People in Organizations (Foundations for Organizational Science) by Lee Roy Beach; Terry Connolly (Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications, 2005).

The Right Decision Every Time: How to Reach Perfect Clarity on Tough Decisionsby Luda Kopeikina (London : Prentice Hall, 2005). [self-help, business-oriented]

The Routines of Decision Making ed. by Tilmann Betsch; Susanne Haberstroh (Mahwah, N.J. : Erlbaum, 2005). [technical]

Straight Choices: The Psychology of Decision Making by Benjamin R. Newell, David A. Lagnado, and David R. Shanks (Hove [England]: Psychology Press, 2007).

Successful Decision Making (Business Buddies Series) by Ken Lawson (Hauppauge, NY : Barrons Educational Series, Inc., 2006). [business-oriented]

*Why Choose This Book?: How We Make Decisions by Read Montague (New York : Dutton, 2006).

Amazon search results for books on Decision Making

List of books on decision-making from U of Florida Business Library

Listmania! Decision Making Books

Another Listmania! Decision Making Book List

Reader Recommendations (added 10/8/07)
Decision Traps: The Ten Barriers to Decision-Making and How to Overcome Them by J Edward Russo; Paul J H Schoemaker (New York: Doubleday/Currency, 1989)

Winning Decisions: Getting It Right the First Time by J Edward Russo; Paul JH Schoemaker (New York: Currency, 2002)

Groupthink: Psychological Studies of Policy Decisions and Fiascoes by Irving I Janis (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1982)


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  1. Comment by Leisureguy:

    And, I would add:

    Decision Traps, by Russo and Schoemaker

    Winning Decisions, by Russo and Schoemaker

    Groupthink: Psychological Studies of Policy Decisions and Fiascoes by Irving L. Janis

    October 7, 2007 @ 6:08 pm
  2. Comment by mymindonbooks:

    Thanks, Leisureguy – I’ve just put those titles into a section for reader recommendations in the body of the post.

    October 8, 2007 @ 8:53 am

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