Excel Basics to Blackbelt is intended to serve as an accelerated guide to decision support designs. Its structure is designed to enhance the skills in Excel of those who have never used it for anything but possibly storing phone numbers, enabling them to reach to a level of mastery that will allow them to develop user interfaces and automated applications. To accomplish this, the major theme of the text is "the integration of the basic"; as a result readers will be able to develop decision support tools that are at once highly intuitive from a working-components perspective but also highly significant from the perspective of practical use and distribution. Applications integration discussed includes the use of MS MapPoint, XLStat and RISKOptimizer, as well as how to leverage Excel's iteration mode, web queries, visual basic code, and interface development. There are ample examples throughout the text.
About the Author
Elliot Bendoly is an associate professor at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. He holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University in the fields of operations management and decision sciences with an information systems specialization in ERP and knowledge management. Professor Bendoly serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Operations Management and Decision Sciences. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, MIS Quarterly, ISR, Journal of Applied Psychology, Decision Sciences, and the Journal of Service Research. He is also the co-editor of Strategic ERP Extension and Use. He has served as the academic liaison for APICS and is a co-founder of the Behavioral Dynamics in Operations Management (BDOM) Network. He has lectured on decision support at research institutions such as Harvard, as well as to practitioners at firms such as AT Kearney and Price Waterhouse Coopers.