Cost and Optimization in Government

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easily. Two, the availability of high-speed computers with enormous capacities (many of which are already available) will make it even more possible to solve complex problems with greater ease, especially those that are large and unstructured in nature.

But these scenarios of optimism will become feasible only if the organizations concerned are willing to make the necessary changes that will become incumbant upon them as time progresses. As a necessary condition, they must be willing to make sure that factors, especially those that have direct economic and noneconomic impact on organizational decisions, are in place to serve their intended objectives.


SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION

Organizational decision making is concerned with the functions and processes of an organization and how these processes are used to coordinate its resources in order to achieve its goals and objectives with maximum efficiency. Thus, there is a direct linkage between management, efficiency, and the cost and optimization techniques discussed in this book. In recent years, as organizations became complex, their functions also became complex and their processes more exhaustive. The issues the decision makers are concerned with have also become more diverse and encompassing. Along with efficiency and productivity, decision makers today are expected to deal with every conceivable aspect of management. Not only that, they have to be prepared to deal with uncertainties over which they have no control.

This concluding chapter has briefly focused on several management issues that have become an integral component of the decision process in an organization insofar as implementation is concerned. They are multidimensional in nature, ranging from simple economic considerations to contingency management to ethical concerns. In addition to this, there are other areas of management that are also important in the functioning of an organization, in particular government, such as employee motivation, conflict resolution inside bureaucracy, leadership role, and so on. Although they are not directly concerned with the tools and techniques of cost and optimization such as those that have been presented here, they can significantly affect the decisions an organization makes and the success with which they are implemented.


Notes
1.
C. E. Jones, An Introduction to Public Policy. New York, NY: Brooks and Cole, 1982.
2.
G. Starling, The Politics and Economics of Public Policy. Homewood, IL: The Dorsey Press, 1979: 491-494.
3.
N. Henry, Public Administration and Public Affairs. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1999: 457-474.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xii
  • Chapter 1 Basic Cost Concepts 1
  • Chapter 2 Cost Behavior 23
  • Notes 59
  • Chapter 3 Cost Analysis 60
  • Notes 105
  • Chapter 4 Cost Accounting 106
  • Notes 146
  • Chapter 5 Classical Optimization 148
  • Chapter 5 Classical Optimization 148
  • Notes 190
  • Chapter 6 Network Analysis 191
  • Notes 213
  • Chapter 7 Mathematical Programming 215
  • Notes 251
  • Chapter 8 - Games and Decisions 253
  • Notes 279
  • Chapter 9 Multicriteria Analysis 281
  • Chapter 9 Multicriteria Analysis 281
  • Notes 305
  • Chapter 10 Productivity Measurement 346
  • Chapter 11 Quality Control 348
  • Notes 373
  • Chapter 12 Besides Cost and Optimization 375
  • Notes 381
  • Bibliography 383
  • Index 389
  • About the Author 395
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