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Risk: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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We find risk everywhere--from genetically modified crops, medical malpractice, and stem-cell therapy to heartbreak, online predators, identity theft, inflation, and robbery. They arise from our own acts and they are imposed on us. In this Very Short Introduction, Baruch Fischhoff and John Kadvany draw on both the sciences and humanities to illuminate both the similarities and differences of various kinds of risk. Using conceptual frameworks such as decision theory and behavioral decision research, they examine the science and practice of creating measures of risk and look at how scientists apply probability by combining historical records, scientific theories, and expert judgment. Perhaps more important, they show what science has learned about how people deal with risks, applying these lessons to diverse everyday examples, demonstrating how we can move from understanding a risk to making a choice to diminish risk in everyday life.

About the Author

Baruch Fischhoff is Howard Heinz University Professor in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

John Kadvany is a consultant whose clients include the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.

Table of Contents

1. Risk decisions

2. Defining risks

3. Analyzing risks

4. Risk perceptions

5. Risk communication

6. Reconciling risks

7. Risk, culture and society

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199576203
Author:
Fischhoff, Baruch
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, John
Author:
John Kadvany
Author:
null, Baruch
Subject:
Making & Problem Solving
Subject:
Business | Management | Organizational Behavior
Subject:
BUSINESS STRATEGY
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 b/w halftones
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
4.4 x 6.8 x 0.6 in 0.331 lb

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