Problems in Basic Operations Research Methods for Management

Problems in Basic Operations Research Methods for Management

Problems in Basic Operations Research Methods for Management

Problems in Basic Operations Research Methods for Management

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The exercises and problems contained in this book were developed for use in our course in operations research methods at the Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Virginia. In our view, it would be inappropriate--and it may be impossible--to train future business administrators so thoroughly in the basic sciences, in statistics, and in operations research itself that they graduate with anything approaching competence in the field. They should, however, know something of the types of management problems to which O. R. may be applied and of the more commonly used concepts, tools, and techniques. It is the manager, not the operations research team, on whom problems are thrust. The failure of the manager to be at least cognizant of the nature of O. R. may constitute a serious deficiency for the business administrator of the future, since his ignorance would likely mean that an O. R. approach is not attempted.

We are convinced that even a vague appreciation of the powers of the O. R. method, just as a similar appreciation of mathematics and the sciences, cannot be gained by reading the exposition or by following through the experiments of others. A modicum of individual problem-solving is a minimum requirement for most students to understand the sometimes elusive methods and to appreciate the need for building models to fit problems rather than to search for "cookbook" solutions. The . . .

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