Journal of the Operational Research Society

, Volume 61, Issue 7, pp 1078–1094

Articulate intervention revisited

General Paper

DOI: 10.1057/jors.2009.47

Cite this article as:
Ormerod, R. J Oper Res Soc (2010) 61: 1078. doi:10.1057/jors.2009.47


Articulate Intervention by Hylton Boothroyd was published in 1978. It offered a description of OR based on experience. Boothroyd said his aim was to explore what can and cannot be meant by the idea of intelligently directing human affairs, about the place of articulating our thoughts before acting, about the place of consultants in business, industry and government, and about the place of formal methods. At the time the book was widely acclaimed by both academics and practitioners. This paper sets out the main ideas encapsulated in Articulate Intervention, examines how they stand up to more recent experience and speculates on their inherent philosophical position. It is concluded that 30 years on the ideas are still relevant today and can provide the basis of a variant of what Ulrich calls critical pragmatism.


process of OR philosophy of OR Popper pragmatism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUK

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