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Winning Decisions: Getting it Right the First Time by J. Edward Russo and Paul J.H. Schoemaker Currency Doubleday, 2002 As former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said-and as these authors now remind us-“Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.” The point? The key to good results is a smart decision-making system. The authors, both consultants and researchers, draw on the rich literature of academic decision-making experiments. They present important ideas in a way that is kind to business readers who don’t want to be bombarded with footnotes, yet who need a better grasp on the best (and worst) ways to make up their minds. Russo and Schoemaker discuss proper framing of the problem, how to avoid bias, how to improve group decision making, and how to put it all to work. Short case studies on companies such as Shell Oil and Pepsi

Web Sites
Tax History Project taxhistory.tax.org Learn the history behind this annual rite. This timely site, with its surprisingly compelling story of American tax history, is an offering from the Tax Analysts Organization. Considering the constant political debate on taxes, this site offers a refreshing historical perspective. Visitors can read Teddy Roosevelt’s 1906 Congressional message urging the enactment of federal estate and income taxes, or learn about wartime tax legislation during WWII, which resulted in the income tax being extended to the middle class. The Tax History Museum provides fascinating details about American taxation in well-crafted chronological essays illustrated by engaging images and political cartoons. Every detail concerning taxation can be found in this site including the tax returns of seven presidents, among them George W. Bush.

April 1, 2002
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