Analysis Without Paralysis 12 Tools to Make Better Strategic Decisions

ISBN-10: 0133101029

ISBN-13: 9780133101027

Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)

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Since the publication of the original edition, the importance of interpreting business data has become mission critical for professionals in all types of businesses.  These professionals have discovered the benefits of business analysis to address their organizations most crucial strategic and tactical challenges.  The Second Edition of this successful guide to business analysis, shows readers how to apply analytical tools without having to mire themselves in advanced math or arcane theory.Analysis Without Paralysisteaches readers the fundamentals of business analysis through the use of 12 core tools. Each tool will make the way readers assess and interpret their business’ data more effective, accurate, and actionable.  Accessibly written, the authors walk readers through the entire business analysis process and then explain each of today’s most valuable analysis tools so business professionals will be able to make better decisions about their company’s strategy and operations--and achieve better results.  The Second Edition includes three new analytical tools and updates all of the prior edition’s data and examples. For each tool, the authors present clear descriptions, context, rationales, strengths, weaknesses, step-by-step instructions, and case study examples.
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Book details

List price: $36.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: FT Press
Publication date: 9/17/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 8.25" wide x 5.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
The Role of Analysis in Business Management
The Increasing Need for Effective Analysis
Concluding Observations
The Analysis Process
What Is Analysis?
BCG Growth/Share Portfolio Matrix
Description and Purpose
Link to the Experience Curve
Link to the Product Life Cycle
Combining die Experience Curve and Product Life Cycle
Strengths
Weaknesses
How to Do It
Case Study: Google as Viewed in a BCG Portfolio Planning Matrix
Competitor Analysis
Description and Purpose
Strengths
Weaknesses
How to Do It
Case Study: Chinese Mobile Phone Market
Driving Forces Analysis
Description and Purpose
Strengths
Weaknesses
How to Do It
Case Study: Driving Forces in the Digital Music Market
Financial Ratios and Statement Analysis
Description and Purpose
Basic Concepts Underlying Financial Ratio and Statement Analysis (FRSA)
Components of Financial Statements
Assessing the Appropriateness of Ratios
Strengths
Weaknesses
How to Do It
Activity or Efficiency Ratios
Leverage or Solvency Analysis Ratios
Liquidity Analysis Ratios
Profitability Analysis Ratios
Other Analysis Ratios: Capital Market or Shareholder Returns
Methods of Ratio or Measure Comparison
Consolidation and Segmented Analysis
Case Study: FRSA of the Three Large North American Warehouse Clubs
Five Forces Industry Analysis
Description and Purpose
Threat of New Entrants
Bargaining Power of Suppliers
Bargaining Power of Buyers
Threat of Substitute Products or Services
Degree of Rivalry� Among Existing Players
Strengths
Weaknesses
How to Do It
Case Study: Applying the Five Forces Model to the U.S. Passenger Airline Industry
Case Study: Applying the Five Forces Model to the Global Pharmaceutical Industry
Issue Analysis
Description and Purpose
Strengths
Weaknesses
How to Do It
Examples of Issue Analysis in Practice
Product Life Cycle Analysis
Description and Purpose
Strengths
Weaknesses
How to Do It
Case Study: Apple's Product Life Cycles and Growth Potential from the iPod to the iPad
Endnotes
Scenario Analysis
Description and Purpose
Methods for Generating Scenarios
Strengths
Weaknesses
How to Dolt
Case Study: Scenarios for Traditional and Emerging Forest Products Enterprises
Endnotes
Macroenvironmental (STEEP/PEST) Analysis
Description and Purpose
Strengths
Weaknesses
How to Do It
Case Study: STEEP Analysis of die Life and Death of Brands
SWOT Analysis
Description and Purpose
Strengths
Weaknesses
How to Do It
Case Study: Lockheed Martin Corporation
Endnote
Value Chain Analysis
Description and Purpose
Strengths
Weaknesses
How to Do It
Case Study: Value Chain Analysis of Walmart Stores
Win/Loss Analysis
Description and Purpose
Strengths
Weaknesses
How to Do It
Win/Loss Case Study: Email Marketing Solutions
Index
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