Creative Problem Solving

Author: Arthur B. VanGundy
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780899301709
Release Date: 1987-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Creative problem solving (CPS) is a six-step process designed to help people systematically resolve nonroutine, ambiguous types of problems. Because most organizational problems tend to be nonroutine, skill in using CPS process can confer a significant competitive advantage. Creative Problem Solving gives training managers the information they need to develop and teach a course on CPS. VanGundy provides an overview of the process, elements of the creative climate needed to foster CPS and innovative thinking, creative thinking exercises designed to illustrate specific CPS principles, and easy-to-follow descriptions of proven idea-generated methods.

Programming Languages for Business Problem Solving

Author: Shouhong Wang
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781420062656
Release Date: 2007-11-08
Genre: Business & Economics

It has become crucial for managers to be computer literate in today’s business environment. It is also important that those entering the field acquire the fundamental theories of information systems, the essential practical skills in computer applications, and the desire for life-long learning in information technology. Programming Languages for Business Problem Solving presents a working knowledge of the major programming languages, including COBOL, C++, Java, HTML, JavaScript, VB.NET, VBA, ASP.NET, Perl, PHP, XML, and SQL, used in the current business computing environment. The book examines the concepts shared by these languages and details the unique features of each. It also focuses on various programming techniques, including structured, object-oriented, client-side and server-side programming, as well as graphical user-interface and multi-media processing. Self-contained, the book provides hands-on examples, self-review questions, project requirements, report formats, and operational manuals of programming environments for use by both MIS students and professionals.

Finite Element Methods for Engineering Sciences

Author: Joel Chaskalovic
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783540763420
Release Date: 2008-10-01
Genre: Computers

This self-tutorial offers a concise yet thorough grounding in the mathematics necessary for successfully applying FEMs to practical problems in science and engineering. Its unique teaching method explains the analysis using exercises and detailed solutions.

Theoretical Perspectives for Direct Social Work Practice Third Edition

Author: Nick Coady, PhD
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826119483
Release Date: 2016-05-15
Genre: Social Science

This expanded third edition of a popular textbook provides a completely revised and updated overview of the theories, models, and therapies that inform direct social work practice. The text is grounded in generalist social work principles and values and promotes a problem-solving model of social work practice as a framework for the eclectic use of theory, as well as for integrating the artistic, reflective elements of practice. It provides in-depth coverage of select psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, critical, and postmodern theories. The third edition features a new section on Critical Theories, where a new chapter on Empowerment Theory is included with a completely revised chapter on Feminist Theory. A new chapter on Strengths-based Social Work has been added to the section on meta-theories for social work practice. Other new chapters include Emotion-focused Therapy and Collaborative Therapy. These revisions are based on suggestions from an extensive survey of professors. New to the Third Edition: • A new section on Critical Theories • New chapters on Strengths-based Social Work, Emotion-focused Therapy, Empowerment Theory, and Collaborative Therapy • Updated research on the debate about the importance of theory/technique versus common (e.g., relationship) factors, and on the critique of the empirically supported treatment movement Key Features: • Grounds direct practice firmly in the principles and values of generalist social work • Promotes a problem-solving model of social work as a flexible structure for integrating the eclectic use of theory with the artistic, reflective elementsof practice • Organizes direct practice theories into like groupings and provides an overview of the main characteristics of each grouping • Provides in-depth coverage of topics in a clear, logical, and consistent format • Includes editors and contributors from the U.S. and Canada

Artificial Intelligence for Advanced Problem Solving Techniques

Author: Vlahavas, Ioannis
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1599047071
Release Date: 2008-01-31
Genre: Education

One of the most important functions of artificial intelligence, automated problem solving, consists mainly of the development of software systems designed to find solutions to problems. These systems utilize a search space and algorithms in order to reach a solution. Artificial Intelligence for Advanced Problem Solving Techniques offers scholars and practitioners cutting-edge research on algorithms and techniques such as search, domain independent heuristics, scheduling, constraint satisfaction, optimization, configuration, and planning, and highlights the relationship between the search categories and the various ways a specific application can be modeled and solved using advanced problem solving techniques.

Architecture of Systems Problem Solving

Author: George Klir
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781475711684
Release Date: 2013-04-17
Genre: Computers

One criterion for classifying books is whether they are written for a single purpose or for multiple purposes. This book belongs to the category of multipurpose books, but one of its roles is predominant-it is primarily a textbook. As such, it can be used for a variety of courses at the first-year graduate or upper-division undergraduate level. A common characteristic of these courses is that they cover fundamental systems concepts, major categories of systems problems, and some selected methods for dealing with these problems at a rather general level. A unique feature of the book is that the concepts, problems, and methods are introduced in the context of an architectural formulation of an expert system referred to as the general systems problem solver or GSPS-whose aim is to provide users of all kinds with computer-based systems knowledge and methodology. The GSPS architecture, which is developed throughout the book, facilitates a framework that is conducive to a coherent, comprehensive, and pragmatic coverage of systems fundamentals--concepts, problems, and methods. A course that covers systems fundamentals is now offered not only in systems ~cience, information science, or systems engineering programs, but in many programs in other disciplines as well. Although the level of coverage for systems science or engineering students is surely different from that used for students in other disciplines, this book is designed to serve both of these needs.

Educational Psychology Australian Edition

Author: Anita Woolfolk
Publisher: Pearson Higher Education AU
ISBN: 9781442551459
Release Date: 2012-07-25
Genre: Psychology

Learning and teaching is an integrated process, and theory and practice cannot be separated. As in the previous Australasian edition, Educational Psychology 3e continues to emphasise the educational implications and applications of child development, cognitive science, learning and teaching. Recurring themes throughout the text include ideas about education; social and socio-cultural aspects of education; schools, families and community; development, learning and curriculum; and effective teaching. Author Kay Margetts incorporates Australasian perspectives and applications using the work of Australasian researchers and teachers. Numerous examples, case studies, guidelines and practical tips from experienced teachers are used in the text to explore the connections between knowledge, understanding and practice.

Rapid Problem Solving With Post it Notes

Author: David Straker
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 9780786752058
Release Date: 2009-09-09
Genre: Business & Economics

Problem Solved! Uses your favorite top-drawer tool—the Post-it® Note. Great for individuals, great for groups—large or small. Problems come in all shapes and sizes, yet most have common characteristics that can be addressed with the techniques found in this book. Rapid Problem-Solving with Post-it® Notes shows you how to use six types of techniques: The Post-up—Provides methods for getting information into chunks The Swap Sort—Shows listing and organization methods The Top-down Tree—Works when the nature of the problem is unknown The Information Map—Maps messy problems and complex relationships The Action Map—Plans actions or maps an existing process More than 70 diagrams and examples for solving everyday problems This refreshing book reminds us the simplest ideas are often the most effective. Solve problems, create solutions and find answers fast—all with the help of Post-it® Notes. Tens of millions of Post-it® Notes users can now learn how to do far more with these great little tools. Post-it® Notes can be used to help solve difficult problems because they: Are the right size to hold one piece of information from a problem Are easily to attached to flat surfaces and stay put Can be moved and reattached many times

Systematic Introduction to Expert Systems

Author: Frank Puppe
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783642779718
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Computers

At present one of the main obstacles to a broader application of expert systems is the lack of a theory to tell us which problem-solving methods areavailable for a given problem class. Such a theory could lead to significant progress in the following central aims of the expert system technique: - Evaluating the technical feasibility of expert system projects: This depends on whether there is a suitable problem-solving method, and if possible a corresponding tool, for the given problem class. - Simplifying knowledge acquisition and maintenance: The problem-solving methods provide direct assistance as interpretation models in knowledge acquisition. Also, they make possible the development of problem-specific expert system tools with graphical knowledge acquisition components, which can be used even by experts without programming experience. - Making use of expert systems as a knowledge medium: The structured knowledge in expert systems can be used not only for problem solving but also for knowledge communication and tutorial purposes. With such a theory in mind, this book provides a systematic introduction to expert systems. It describes the basic knowledge representations and the present situation with regard tothe identification, realization, and integration of problem-solving methods for the main problem classes of expert systems: classification (diagnostics), construction, and simulation.

Tools for Project Management Workshops and Consulting

Author: Nicolai Andler
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9783895787010
Release Date: 2012-01-13
Genre: Business & Economics

Typically today's tasks in management and consulting include project management, running workshops and strategic work - all complex activities, which require a multitude of skills and competencies. This standard work, which is also well accepted amongst consultants, gives you a reference or cookbook-style access to the most important tools, including a rating of each tool in terms of applicability, ease of use and effectiveness. In his book, Nicolai Andler presents about 120 of such tools, grouped into task-specific categories entitled Define Situation, Gather Information, Information Consolidation, Creativity, Goal Setting, Organisational Analysis, Technical Analysis, Strategic Analysis, Decision Making, and Project Management. Checklists and application scenarios further enhance the use of this toolbox. Information provided by this book is: - comprehensive and sufficiently wide in scope, combined with a practical level of detail without being too academic - reliable and proven in numerous real implemented cases - easy to apply due to many different search options, checklists, application scenarios and guiding instructions. Written by a professional consultant, business analyst and business coach, this book is a unique reference work and guide for those wanting to learn about or who are active in the fields of consulting, project management and problem solving in general. "This book is of the kind you always wanted but didn't think would or could ever exist: the universal field theory of problem solving." Tom Sommerlatte.

Creative Problem Solving for Managers

Author: Tony Proctor
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135165437
Release Date: 2010-04-05
Genre: Business & Economics

This refreshing new edition of Creative Problem Solving for Managers provides the most up-to-date and extensive introduction to the ideas and skills of solving problems creatively in the world of business and management.

Diverse Contemporary Issues Facing Business Management Education

Author: Khan, Mohammad Ayub
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 9781466664500
Release Date: 2014-09-30
Genre: Business & Economics

In today’s society, it is not only desirable but essential for a business to take on a global edge. The best way to ensure a successful future is to educate business students about global policies currently at play. Diverse Contemporary Issues Facing Business Management Education discusses the issues that are facing both large and small corporations and the students who are seeking employment there. Questioning not only what changes globalization has brought to the business world, but what ways our education system will have to change to keep up, this book is an essential reference source for business owners, educators, students, or anyone interested in the future globalization of the business market.