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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Essential Quantitative Methods

For Business, Management and Finance

Edition 6th Edition
ISBN 9781137518552
Publication Date February 2016
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

The new edition of this accessible textbook provides ideal introductory coverage of quantitative methods. It offers real world business examples and case studies to illustrate problem-solving in empirical situations. Student learning is comprehensively supported by extensive online resources.

What's new for this edition?

- Quantitative Methods in Action case studies with reference to contemporary topics such as the Ebola epidemic, the Scottish referendum and the Crossrail project.

- Maths revision section which assumes no prior knowledge and will bring students up to speed, whatever their maths background.

- Extensive coverage of the latest statistical software packages such as Excel 2013 and SPSS 22, including screenshots.

Les Oakshott is a former Associate Fellow of Warwick Business School, UK. He has worked in industry and education and has wide experience of applying teaching quantitative methods in a business context.

PART I: MATHEMATICAL APPLICATIONS Revision Mathematics.- 2. Keeping up with Change: Index Numbers.- PART II: COLLECTING AND INTERPRETING DATA 3. Collecting Data: Surveys and Samples.- 4. Finding Patterns in Data: Charts and Tables.- 5. Making Sense of Data: Averages and Measures of Spread.- PART III: PROBABILITY& STATISTICS 6. Taking a Chance: Probability.- 7. The Shape of Data: Probability Distributions.- 8. Interpreting with Confidence: Analysis of Sample Data.- 9. Checking Ideas: Testing a Hypothesis.- 10. Cause and Effect: Correlation and Regression.- PART IV: DECISION MAKING TECHNIQUES 11. How to make Good Decisions.- 12. Choosing wisely: Investment Appraisal.- 13. Forecasting: Time Series Analysis.- 14. Making the Most of Things: Linear Programming.- 15. Planning Large Projects: Network Analysis.- 16. Managing Stock Levels: Materials Management and Inventory Control.


"Students will love the succinct presentation and easy-to-follow formulae deductions, all made rleveant through current economic examples. The historical fun facts are engaging; they add to the ease of remembering concepts and stimulate curiosity." - Liliana Danila, American University of Sharjah, UAE'This is the ideal book for both starters and refreshers who want to get a good grip on the essentials of quantitative methods. It is thoughtful, well-written, and inclusive.' - Bilal Moosa, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands'This new edition of Oakshott builds on the strength of the last. It continues to provide undergraduates with a well-structured scaffolding approach to learning quantitative methods (...) With a range of new examples and well-labelled diagrams of equations, the book is approachable for students who haven't studied maths and stats since GCSE. It takes them right up to the required level.' - Peter Hill, University of Roehampton, UK
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