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# decision theory

The systematic analysis of strategies for the optimal selection of alternative courses of action. Decision-making in conditions of uncertainty is fundamental to the management of organizations, and decision theory has developed a sophisticated range of methodologies - see, for example, *critical path analysis, *decision trees, and *discounted cash flow analysis. Compare *game theory.

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