Summary of The Future of Decision Making

How Revolutionary Software Can Improve the Ability to Decide

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The Future of Decision Making book summary
You can make better decisions – but only if you move past rules and logic.


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Education engineering experts Roger C. Schank, Dimitris Lyras and Elliot Soloway apply their knowledge of cognitive science, computer software and industry to a single purpose: helping you make better decisions. They directly challenge using logic and rationality as they argue for “case-based reasoning.” Their writing is exceptionally clear, which makes the book easy to follow. Its only weakness is that the authors are so positive you can improve your decision making through software that they sometimes make it sound easier than it might be. That aside, this first-rate book’s counsel applies to all fields. getAbstract particularly recommends it to corporate leaders, software designers and those involved in knowledge management.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How a new model can help you make better decisions,
  • What role stories and experience play in decision making, and
  • How properly designed software can guide the decision-making process.


A New Model for Decision Making
Everyone in your organization wants to make good decisions, but many people make bad ones because they’ve learned the wrong model for decision making. They count on logic, data and “conventional wisdom.” That approach may work in simple situations where ...
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About the Authors

Roger C. Schank is a professor emeritus at Northwestern University. Dimitris Lyras founded Ulysses-Systems, a software consultancy. Elliot Soloway is a professor of engineering, information and education at the University of Michigan.

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    Don Hall 4 years ago
    Well, it sounds rather leading edge, and the leading edge holds an attraction for me. Who doesn't want to be a leading edge proprietor, sales person, professional-thing?!?
    DH, Owner, Don Hall & Assoc.
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    Ajmal Samkanany 5 years ago
    Hope the registration was free :(

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