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Book Review: Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler’s The Decision Book

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The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking by Mikael Krogerus (Author), Roman Tschäppeler (Author), Philip Earnhart (Illustrator), Jenny Piening (Translator) is an important resource on the intricacies of making decisions. Initially, decision-making may be approached by simplifying issues, taking a pragmatic approach, summing up key areas, visualizing a solution, organizing data and generalizing the solution set.

The authors remind readers that leaders can decide issues on an immediate basis, delegate parts of tasks to others, make a decision on when to decide key elements or postpone a decision to some future time. Decision-makers are faced with a multiplicity of choices which include having to make an unavoidable decision, possessing the capacity to decide an issue and wanting to decide an issue with more than a modicum of complexity.

The authors present a Johari window which consists of elements of a decision known to decision-makers, as well as the unknowns. When an important decision needs to be made, there are hindrances, most critical aspects, danger points and critical associations.

Decision-making also involves drivers of a decision. A driver can refer to a thought in deep memory, a dream or an upcoming reality which cannot be put aside.

The book also contains strategies for conflict resolution. The resolution of a conflict can involve flight, fight or an accommodative mode for parties who can reach a consensus on a complex subject.

The Decision Book is an important advance in the area of complex decision-making and articulation. The book is easy to understand and implement.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.