Building Intuition

Insights From Basic Operations Management Models and Principles

  • Dilip Chhajed
  • Timothy J. Lowe

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 115)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Kenneth R. Baker, Dartmouth College
    Pages 1-17
  3. John J. Bartholdi III
    Pages 19-31
  4. Stephen C. Graves
    Pages 33-49
  5. Wallace J. Hopp
    Pages 51-79
  6. John D. C. Little, Stephen C. Graves
    Pages 81-100
  7. Timothy J. Lowe, Dilip Chhajed
    Pages 101-114
  8. Evan L. Porteus
    Pages 115-134
  9. Leroy B. Schwarz
    Pages 135-154
  10. Matthew J. Sobel
    Pages 155-174
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 175-177

About this book


One of the primary purposes of any model is to build intuition and generate insights. Typically, a model is developed to be able to better understand phenomena that are otherwise difficult to comprehend. Models can also help in verifying the correctness of an intuition or judgment. In spite of the fact that many educators and practitioners recognize the intuition-building power of simple models, this is the first book in the field that uses the power of the basic models and principles to provide students and managers with an “intuitive understanding” of operations management.


Building Intuition: Insights From Basic Operations Management Models and Principles touches on nine fundamental models and principles, and outlines the key insights behind each one. To ensure that the volume is accurate, authoritative, accessible and well-written, the chapters are developed by leading experts in each chapter area and written with the students and managers in mind. The book’s primary purpose is to motivate and to enable readers to develop insights with respect to a number of models that are central to the study and practice of operations management.



Management insights linear optimization model models operations management production/operations management service management

Editors and affiliations

  • Dilip Chhajed
    • 1
  • Timothy J. Lowe
    • 2
  1. 1.University of IllinoisChampaignUSA
  2. 2.University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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