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Understanding the Process of Operational Research: Collected Readings

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Understanding the Process of Operational Research: Collected Readings

Paul Keys (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-471-95269-5 February 1995 352 Pages

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In recent years there has been an emerging interest in the process by which operational research is carried out in organisations. This has been driven by the rapid developments which have taken place in the discipline throughout the 1980s. During this time Operational Research (OR) has undergone a period of significant reappraisal and as a result a deeper understanding of OR and its use in an organisational setting has been gained. This book provides a broad historical context within which these recent developments can be evaluated and future change can be anticipated. Paul Keys brings together a collection of 19 readings drawn from the 1940s to the 1990s. Arranged in four chronologically ordered sections with introductory essays providing a thematic structure, this material acts as signpost to the major steps in the developments and understanding of OR as it is practiced. The book provides an opportunity for students who are not quantitatively oriented to appreciate the and strengths of the OR approach and will provide undergraduates and graduates with complementary reading to the standard techniques-based OR texts.
Partial table of contents:

A DISCIPLINE EMERGES: 1935-45.

Operational Research (P. Blackett).

Reminiscences of Operational Research in World War II by Some of Its Practitioners (D. Christopherson & E. Baughan).

A History of Operations Research (F. Trefethen).

CLASSICAL OR--GROWTH AND STABILITY: 1945-75.

A Comparison of Operational Research in the U.S.A.

and in Great Britain (R. Ackoff).

Internal Organization (R. Tomlinson).

Operations Research in Perspective (H. Miser).

CRITIQUE AND REVISION: 1975-85.

OR/MS: Dead or Dying?

RX for Survival (J. Hall & S. Hess).

The Future of Operational Research Is Past (R. Ackoff).

The Changing Role of O.R. (N. Tobin, et al.).

Could OR Be a Science?

(M. Dando, et al.).

A Materialist Analysis of Operational Research (J. Rosenhead & C. Thunhurst).

OUT OF THE DEBATE: 1985-90.

Discussion and Recommendations (Committee on the Future Practice of Operational Research).

Operations Research: The Next Decade (Committee on the Next Decade in Operations Research (CONDOR)).

OR as a Technology: Some Issues and Implications (P. Keys).

Conclusion: Towards the Future.

Subject Index.