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Author: Ajay K. Garg
Review of the new Dr. Garg text:
Reviewed by Raymundo C. Rosada, Jr., DM, PhD, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Decision making is an integral human activity be it in personal, professional or organizational engagements. Due to complex reasons, people tend to develop a seemingly natural aversion against it. Scholars have extensively researched on this discipline have come up with tools, models and frameworks to facilitate decision making. However, most of these innovations were highly quantitative in nature and that may have pushed people even farther from the exciting domain of decision making.
Cognizant of this reality, Dr. Ajay K. Garg’s approach is innovative for the book, Decision Making: An Art and Science, is very straightforward without being trapped in the quantitative discussions.
Dr. Garg’s multi-disciplinary background in mathematics, engineering and poetry coupled with his diverse professional international engagements tempered the complexity of the quantitative dimension with graceful use of words to send the same message to the reader.
The eleven chapters of the book were meticulously organized that facilitated the thinking processes of the reader leading to a greater understanding and appreciation of the discipline. Complementing the theoretical component of the chapters are the actual and recent case studies that invite the reader to relate the theories and principles discussed with recent developments in business. Moreover, review questions and sample test questions are in place to support the independent assessment of the reader on the extent of what was learned in the each chapter.
Peer Review of the book ‘Organizational Decision Making-An Art and Science'
Decision making is the most perilous element of any business. Making Decision is a critical task in both personal and professional lives because of unknown future. According to Peter Drucker, “The most common source of mistakes in management decisions is the emphasis on finding the right answer rather than the right question”. This decision-making book covers diverse models and techniques, which will allow one to expand one’s thinking and drift over many elements which one may have not thought out before. This book clearly indicates that most of the decisions are irrational if not gone through a critical thinking procedure. The best part of this book is the sequential process of explanation and ease to understand. If someone wants to start off with a quick read, grab this book and read cover to cover.
The author (Dr. Ajay Garg) has used a simple context to explain different expects of decision making. The readers will find great value in this book of 264 pages, providing great insights in making the right decisions. The chapters in this book are in a progressive manner to make a decision with rational decision making procedure. Every case study given in this book is appropriate and pertinent. The author has gone cavernous in explaining the tools and key elements in decision making.
Dr. Garg is an experienced content writer with a wide range of expertise in industry and academia. In this very book, he has extended a broad spectrum of topics that address cognitive, qualitative and quantitative aspects of organizational decision making keeping the thoroughness and upkeep of all the relevant topics. Hallmarks of this book include assimilating different theories, methods, hypotheses, cost benefit analysis, procedure for collecting the facts, and brainstorming a situation for making a correct and applicable decision through a unified and conceptual framework. The author has explained the different decision-making models, which are fundamental and relevant to organizations. I feel that after going through this book the readers will have long lasting impact in their life.
I congratulate and wish good luck to Dr. Garg for this brilliant endeavor.
(Dr. Amit Kohli)