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Guide to Business Modelling [Hardcover]

John Tennent , Graham Friend


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Sept. 6 2011 The Economist (Book 82)
The revised and updated guide to business modeling

Full of practical help on how to build the best, most flexible, and easy-to-use business models that can be used to analyze the upsides and downsides of any business project, Guide to Business Modeling, Third Edition is essential reading for the twenty-first century business leader. This radically revised guide to the increasingly important fine art of building business models using spreadsheets, the book describes models for evaluating everything from a modest business development to a major acquisition.

  • New edition of widely acclaimed guide to business decision-making
  • Fully Excel 2010 aligned with enhanced Excel and business content
  • More model evaluation techniques to help with business decision-making
  • New website from which model examples given in the book can be downloaded

For anyone who wants to get ahead in business and especially for those with bottom-line responsibilities, this new edition of Guide to Business Modeling is the essential guide to how to build spreadsheet models for assessing business risks and opportunities.



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This fully updated, revised, and expanded edition of the definitive guide to creating business models can be used to evaluate opportunities from a modest business proposal to a major acquisition. It will enable anyone to learn how to model business projects or improve their business modelling skills. Following an introduction and chapters on using Excel and the spreadsheet functions and features that are essential for business modelling, it looks at:

  • The business model planning and development process

  • Defining the outputs

  • Uncertainty, scenario planning, and model inputs

  • Developing the scenarios

  • Managing the model-building process

  • Best practice in model structure andsheet design

  • Graphical presentation

  • Forecasting revenue

  • Operating costs

  • Capital expenditure and working capital

  • Modelling funding choices

  • Financial statement development

  • Project appraisal and company valuation

  • Testing and debugging

  • Introduction to programming and macros

  • From spreadsheet to application

  • Driving the model

  • Documenting the model

The book is accompanied by a website where there is a range of examples to download: www.guidetobusinessmodelling.com

From the Back Cover

Guide to Business Modelling

Businesses face ever more complex decision-making requiring an increasingly explicit understanding of the potential outcomes to help minimise their risk. This third, expanded, and revised edition of this much acclaimed and definitive guide to creating business models is full of practical help on how to build the most robust, flexible, and easy-to-use models for analyzing the potential upside or downside of any business project.

This guide is aimed at both those who are business modelling novices and those with considerable experience who are keen to improve their business modelling skills. It covers every aspect of the process: defining the model structure and outputs; building the model components with all the factors that you will or may need to take into account; testing and debugging the model; and, finally, exploring scenarios and using the model to help you reach a business decision.

As well as being fully updated and aligned with the latest spreadsheet software, this new edition includes yet more model evaluation techniques and is accompanied by a website from which examples of models can be downloaded.

For anyone who wants to develop their business skills and especially for those with bottom line and business planning responsibilities, this is an invaluable guide to how to build spreadsheet models for assessing business risks and opportunities.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Put it on the Shelf Aug. 21 2012
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Excel is an incredibly powerful tool. This book helps you figure out how you can use it. This book is an interesting mix of stuff you should know and fascinating stuff you should know but probably don't. You need to put this one on you shelf."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Business Modeling is Awesome Dec 30 2012
By Michael Nix - Published on Amazon.com
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I use this text in my modeling classes for an MBA program - it is the most practical modeling text I could find - good price and a real asset in terms of theory as well as practical uses.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good resource to have Feb. 15 2014
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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Not only is the a publication by reputable sources (The Economist and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), the authors provide insights into models that may be applicable to various enterprises. These may lead to successful sustainable ventures or strategy implementations.
5.0 out of 5 stars A real guide to model any business July 24 2013
By Oscar R Linn - Published on Amazon.com
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The book intersects excel business functions and some visual basic code, and gives you the tools to draw your own business map, may be this a simple business or a sophisticated one. I would recommend the book to anyone trying to apply excel business functions and simple visual basic code to a running business or a projected one.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased For School May 18 2013
By Nikita Schroeder - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a bit of a bore to read. I must admit that I didn't read too much of it, and I probably wouldn't have purchased it had it not been a requirement for my course.

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