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Tools for Thinking: Modelling in Management Science

Tools for Thinking: Modelling in Management Science

Michael Pidd

ISBN: 978-0-470-86060-1

Feb 1997

360 pages

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This book explores the development and use of explicit models in management science, bridging the gap between "hard" and "soft" OR/MS. It emphasizes modelling rather than mathematics and places management science within a framework which is defensible in the face of attacks on rational methods in business. It discusses soft OR/MS and hard OR/MS and then compares the two. Written in a non-technical style, providing an excellent introduction to the field.
MODELLING IN MANAGEMENT SCIENCE.

Models as Convenient Worlds.

Management Science--Making Sense of Strategic Vision.

Problems, Problems...

Some Principles of Modelling.

INTERPRETIVE MODELLING: SOFT MANAGEMENT SCIENCE.

Soft Systems Methodology.

Cognitive Mapping and SODA.

System Dynamics.

MATHEMATICAL AND LOGICAL MODELLING.

Optimisation Modelling--Linear Programming.

Visual Interactive Modelling--Discrete Event Computer Simulation.

Heuristic Approaches.

MODEL ASSESSMENT AND VALIDATION.

Model Assessment and Validation.

Indexes.