Managerial Economics 12th Edition

Managerial Economics 12th Edition PDF

Author: Christopher Thomas and S. Charles Maurice

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education


Publish Date: September 22, 2015

ISBN-10: 0078021901

Pages: 736

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

Success in the business world, no matter how you slice it, means winning in the marketplace. From CEOs of large corporations to managers of small, privately held companies—and even nonprofit institutions such as hospitals and universities— managers of any of these kinds of organizations cannot expect to make successful business decisions without a clear understanding of how market forces create both opportunities and constraints for business enterprises. Business publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fortune regularly cover the many stories of brilliant and disastrous business decisions and strategies made by executive managers. Although luck often plays a role in the outcome of these stories, the manager’s understanding— or lack of understanding—of fundamental economic relations usually accounts for the difference between success and failure in business decisions. While economic analysis is not the only tool used by successful managers, it is a powerful and essential tool. Our primary goal in this text is to show you how business managers can use economic concepts and analysis to make decisions and design strategies that will achieve the firm’s primary goal, which is usually the maximization of profit.

Publishers roll out dozens of new books and articles each year touting the latest strategy du jour from one of the year’s most “insightful” business gurus. The never-ending parade of new business “strategies,” buzzwords, and anecdotes might lead you to believe that successful managers must constantly replace outdated analytical methods with the latest fad in business decision making. While it is certainly true that managers must constantly be aware of new developments in the marketplace, a clear understanding of the economic way of thinking about business decision making is a valuable and timeless tool for analyzing business practices and strategies. Managerial economics addresses the larger economic and market forces that shape both day-to-day business practices, as well as strategies for sustaining the long-run profitability of firms. Instead of presenting cookbook formulas, the economic way of thinking develops a systematic, logical approach to understanding business decisions and strategies—both today’s and tomorrow’s.

While this text focuses on making the most profitable business decisions, the principles and techniques set forth also offer valuable advice for managers of nonprofit organizations such as charitable foundations, universities, hospitals, and government agencies. The manager of a hospital’s indigent-care facility, for example, may wish to minimize the cost of treating a community’s indigent patients while maintaining a satisfactory level of care. A university president, facing a strict budget set by the state board of regents, may want to enroll and teach as many students as possible subject to meeting the state-imposed budget constraint. Although profit maximization is the primary objective addressed in this text, the economic way of thinking about business decisions and strategies provides all managers with a powerful and indispensible set of tools and insights for furthering the goals of their firms or organizations.

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