Managing the Unknown
A New Approach to Managing High Uncertainty and Risk in Projects
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Managing the Unknown by Christoph H. Loch
Book DescriptionManaging the Unknown offers a new way of looking at the problem of managing projects in novel and unknown environments. From Europe's leading business school, this book shows how to manage two fundamental approaches that, in combination, offer the possibility of coping with unforeseen influences that inevitably arise in novel projects: Trial-and-Error Learning allows for redefining the plan and the project as the project unfolds Selectionism pursues multiple, independent trials in order to pick the best one at the end Managing the Unknown offers expert guidelines to the specific project mindsets, infrastructures, and management methods required to use these project management approaches and achieve success in spite of unforeseen obstacles. This book equips readers with: Causal explanations of why unforeseeable factors in novel projects make traditional project planning and project risk management insufficient Directly applicable management tools that help managers to guide novel and high-uncertainty projects Real-world case studies of both successful and unsuccessful approaches to managing high uncertainty in novel projects
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780471693055
(240mm x 163mm x 20mm)
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Christoph H. Loch
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Managing new product development is a key area of management, straddling strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship and macro-organizational behaviour. This work surveys this area in the context of an overall framework that explains how aspects interact and combine in a successful NPD process. Each chapter outlines open questions.
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Author Biography - Christoph H. Loch
Dr. Christoph H. Loch, Dr. Arnoud DeMeyer, Dr. Michael T. Pich, Department of Technology Management, ISEAD, Fontainebleu, FRANCE The authors are professors at Europe's leading business school - INSEAD. All have been in both the private sector and in academia and all are currently involved in teaching project management, strategic management, and technology management.
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