Higher Education

Succeeding in Business with Microsoft® Excel® 2013: A Problem-Solving Approach, 1st Edition

  • Debra Gross Ohio State University
  • Frank Akaiwa Indiana University
  • Karleen Nordquist St. John's University
  • ISBN-10: 1285099141  |  ISBN-13: 9781285099149
  • 720 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $110.75
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SUCCEEDING IN BUSINESS WITH MICROSOFT OFFICE EXCEL 2013 prepares your students to solve business problems by moving beyond the basic "point and click" skills to think critically about realistic business situations. When students combine software analysis with their own decision making abilities, they are more likely meet any business challenge with success. The Succeeding in Business Series emphasizes problem-solving, critical thinking, and analysis – challenging students to find efficient and effective solutions.

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Features and Benefits

  • Challenges students to find effective solutions to business situations through problem-solving, critical thinking, and analysis.
  • Introduces students gradually to more advanced and broader skills through three levels of complexity in each chapter, beginning with an introductory conceptual chapter on databases.
  • Offers case problems (such as accounting, finance, marketing, and operations management) and Steps to Success activities that provide additional practice in a real-world context.
  • Provides Feature boxes, quick references to the steps needed to complete tasks, and tips to help students become more efficient users of Excel.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Introduction to Problem Solving and Decision making with Microsoft Excel 2013.
1. Applying Fundamental Excel Skills and Tools in Problem Solving.
2. Solving Problems with Statistical Analysis Tools.
3. Determining Effective Data Display with Charts
4. Applying Logic in Decision Making.
5. Retrieving Data for Computation, analysis, and Reference.
6. Evaluating the Financial Impact of Loans and Investments.
7. Organizing Data for Effective Analysis.
8. Using Data Tables and Excel Scenarios for What-if Analysis.
9. Enhancing Decision Making with Solver.
10. Troubleshooting Workbooks and Creating Excel Applications.
Appendix: Working with Array Functions.

What's New

  • Fully updated to reflect changes to Microsoft Excel 2013.
  • Expanded coverage of pivot charts and tables in chapter 7.
  • Expanded coverage of Quick Analysis to chapter 2.
  • New Appendix covering Array Functions.
  • Comprehensive online instructor resources and review pack with data files.

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Bundle: Succeeding in Business with Microsoft® Excel® 2013: A Problem-Solving Approach + SAM 2013 Assessment, Training, and Projects v1.0 Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1285715349 | ISBN-13: 9781285715346

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  • SAM 2013 Assessment, Training, and Projects v1.0 Printed Access Card
    List Price = $138.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $103.50


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 128509915X | ISBN-13: 9781285099156)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Debra Gross

Debra Gross started teaching to share her knowledge and experiences. She teaches at The Ohio State University in the department of Computer Science & Engineering. Debra received her MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in Finance and Accounting and a B.S. from MIT in Chemical Engineering.

Frank Akaiwa

Frank E. Akaiwa teaches at the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University. He holds degrees from Tennessee Technical University and Indiana University. Mr. Akaiwa worked as a civil engineer for the U.S. Navy. Mr. Akaiwa has thoroughly enjoyed helping students learn how to apply technology to contemporary business situations.

Karleen Nordquist

Karleen Nordquist has been tutoring Accounting and Finance topics for post-secondary students through Smarthinking, Inc. since 2000. She also has over 10 years of experience teaching information systems and business-related courses, and enjoys reading and learning about technology of all forms. Teaching and learning is in Ms. Nordquist's blood, as she comes from a family rife with educators. She also works as an accounting and information systems analyst and consultant. Ms. Nordquist has earned degrees at Minnesota State University Moorhead and the University of North Dakota. Prior to entering the teaching profession, she worked in public accounting and as an auditor.