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Management Science in Practice

  • ID: 2242231
  • Book
  • August 2008
  • Region: Global
  • 342 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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As the business world becomes more competitive and multi–faceted, organizations need the support of effective and well–founded analysis more than ever. The profession of Management Science is growing worldwide and now could perhaps be said to underlie all other management disciplines. Meanwhile, the scope of situations analysed by the profession has broadened considerably to include more complex problems and to take account of the social, organizational and political soft issues, as well as the hard physical issues.

Management Science in Practice takes a fundamental look at what Management Science is and how it can be practiced in today s management environment. In doing so, Terry Williams:

  • provides an underlying philosophy of how organizations operate and how analysts interact with organizations
  • describes the analysis toolbox used by Management Science professionals.
  • covers multi–methodology, problem structuring techniques and analysis techniques
  • offers guidance about the practicalities of real–life consulting and focuses on the key practical skills needed.

Management Science in Practice is a valuable resource for Management Science and Operational Research students. It is also intended for practitioners who seek to make analytical interventions in business management or those undertaking continuous professional development.

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About This Book.

Part I: Management Science.

1 What Is Management Science?

2 Management Science Interventions.

Part II: Modelling Techniques.

3 Problem Structuring Methods.

4 Multi–Methodology.

5 Management Science Methods.

Part III: Practical Skills.

6 The Proposal Stage.

7 Data.

8 Appropriate Modelling.

9 Creativity.

10 Ancillary Practical Skills.

Part IV: Practice.

11 What Makes for Successful OR?

12 Ethics.

13 Reflective Practice.

The Final Note: The Future.



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Terry Williams
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