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OR : Social Science or Barbarism

  • J. Rosenhead

Abstract

Neither the future of operational research nor that of social science is knowable. Statements about their future inter-relationship therefore have the status of conjectures. But there are certain preconditions before one can even develop and support plausible conjectures. One is a clarification of concepts — without which general confusion can all too easily prevail. Another is that conjectures about the future need to be firmly based on an analysis not just of the present (a mere snapshot in time),but of the past.

Keywords

Social Science Operational Research Behavioural Science Control Paradigm Mutual Involvement 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Rosenhead
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Operational Research London School of EconomicsLondonUK

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