August 1996 € Volume 23 € Number 4

New Books

Fair Division -- From Cake Cutting to Dispute Resolution

Cutting a cake, dividing up the property in an estate, determining the borders in an international dispute -- such problems of fair division are ubiquitous. This book treats all these problems and more through a rigorous analysis of a variety of procedures for allocating goods, or deciding who wins on what issues when there are disputes. Starting with an analysis of the well-known cake-cutting procedure, "I cut, you choose," the authors show how it has been adapted in a number of fields and then analyze fair division procedures applicable to situations in which there are more than two parties, or there is more than one good to be divided. In particular, the authors focus on procedures which provide "envy-free" allocations, in which everybody thinks he or she has received the largest portion and hence does not envy anybody else. They also discuss the fairness of different auction and election procedures.

Published by Cambridge University Press.
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C By Dissection

This third edition has been designed to meet the needs of readers new to C programming. The reader is taken through the fundamentals of C and on to the latest applications by means of a time-tested explanatory tool called dissection. Dissection is a pedagogical method similar to a structured, step-by-step walk-through, which explains new programming elements and idioms as they are encountered in working code. From the beginning of the book, the reader is introduced to complete programs and learns, at an early point, how to write functions - an important feature of structured programming.

Published by Addison-Wesley.
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Managing Knowledge

Competing organizations today have access to the same global sources of finance, materials and machines, and to a vast amount of information which surges around the world at the speed of light.
Knowledge, however, is a less common resource which, when available, can bring with it significant competitive advantage, allowing companies to respond, develop and improve in times of rapid change. Explicit knowledge contained in books, software and artifacts is plentiful, and managers must extract what is relevant through personal study for it to be useful to an organization. For this explicit knowledge to be used, another form of knowledge must also permeate the business environment.

Tacit knowledge of how to work together through questioning and dialog is essential to allow inspiration to flow and for the intellect of those at work to express itself constructively. This book assembles a consensus of views on how best to prepare for knowledge-based competition. It describes techniques, illustrates trends, refers to practical examples, and comments on the implications for all types of business. The main aim is to equip today's managers for change in the use of knowledge in tomorrow's successful organization.

Published by Butterworth-Heinemann.
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Decision Support Systems: A Knowledge-Based Approach

This textbook explores ways managers receive and use knowledge when making decisions. Information, procedures, reasoning, linguistic and presentation knowledge are among the different kinds of knowledge discussed throughout the text. Emphasis is on the knowledge management that occurs in decision making, which is the driver of DSS technology.

Published by West Publishing.
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Concurrent Simultaneous Engineering Systems

A competitive edge in today's world markets can only be achieved by an integrated approach to manufacturing. Concurrent or simultaneous engineering offers the promise of a reduced product development cycle, using complex technologies to satisfy customer demand for high quality, competitively-priced products brought to market in minimum time. The CONSENS implementation of Concurrent/Simultaneous Engineering (CSE) is an integrated package developed over recent years by some of the leading manufacturers and research institutes in Europe. It is the product of the flagship EU research project into the use of IT in manufacturing, led by the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart, Germany. In particular, this book describes the management of change, network organization, CONSENS architecture and module integration, the SiFrame Management Information System, design for CSE, and industrial implementations of CONSENS.

Published by Springer-Verlag.
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The Strategy Process

This book is designed for those involved in strategic management. It provides the reader with theory, practice and a strong basis for a linkage between the two. The authors have sought to combine theory and practice, description and prescription, in new ways that offer insights that could not be achieved separately.

Published by Prentice Hall.
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