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Tools for Thinking 3E - Modelling in Management Science


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Preface ix Acknowledgements xi PART I MODELLING IN MANAGEMENT SCIENCE 1 1 Models as convenient worlds 3 2 Management Science ? making sense of strategic vision 21 3 Problems, problems . . . 43 4 Some principles of modelling 63 PART II INTERPRETIVE MODELLING ? SOFT MANAGEMENT SCIENCE 83 5 Soft systems methodology 89 6 Cognitive mapping, SODA and journey-making 109 7 System dynamics 135 8 Decision analysis 157 PART III MATHEMATICAL AND LOGICAL MODELLING 185 9 Optimization modelling ? linear programming 187 10 Computer simulation ? visual interactive modelling and Monte Carlo simulation 211 11 Heuristic search 241 PART IV MODEL ASSESSMENT AND VALIDATION 263 12 Model assessment and validation 265 Index 285

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Mike Pidd is Professor of Management Science at Lancaster University. He has served as President of the Operational Research Society and as Chair of COPIOR (the Committee of Professors in OR). His research interests focus on the development of usable models in management science and computer simulation, most recently in healthcare, and he has published widely in academic journals and books.

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