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Why do people so often make bad investment decisions – when it should have been clear from the beginning the decisions would turn sour? Using the John DeLorean case as an example, this article explores some of the natural human tendencies that adversely affect the quality of decision making....
This paper analyzes the keep‐versus‐replace decision whee labor shortages act as production bottlenecks, which can be lessened to some degree by employing new labor saving equipment. Additional realism is brought to the analysis by explicit consideration of product demand, learning, and...
The growth of “incubators” as an economic development strategy for small businesses has exploded into a myriad of choices and options. This has confused community leaders and business people alike as to the appropriate approach for an incubator project. With such a diversity existing in the...
Entrepreneurship as used here refers to the capacity for innovation, investment, and development of new marekts, products, and techniques. Using this definition, the Japanese have emerged as the world’s foremost entrepreneurs in the last twenty years. It is entrepreneurship that makes...
Whenever current mortgage rates are substantially higher than previous levels, mortgage lenders may find it attractive to extend to the borrowers a special opportunity to prepay all or part of the mortgages. The purpose of this paper is to identify the important issues in the buy‐out decision,...
Rebates are a form of sales promotions that have seen increased use over the past few years, with the difficulty in compliance increasing over time. To avoid fraudulent rebate claims, manufacturers have established such stringent rebate requirements that many consumers are unable to satisfy them...
A relationship between pay increases and performance ratings may reflect differences between individuals, between groups, or both. An empirical study of a firm’s compensation program, demonstrating what proportion of pay raise is attributable to individual performances and to group influences,...
Multiple‐alternative decisions are commonplace in the business environment. The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) in a business institution is a decision aid which is extremely useful for multiple‐alternative decisions. The AHP prioritizes competing alternatives by assigning percentage...
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