Introduction to Operations Research

  • H. A. Eiselt
  • Carl-Louis Sandblom
Part of the Springer Texts in Business and Economics book series (STBE)


In its first section, this introductory chapter first introduces operations research as a discipline. It defines its function and then traces its roots to its beginnings. The second section highlights some of the main elements of operations research and discusses a number of potential difficulties and pitfalls. Finally, the third section of this chapter suggests an eight-step procedure for the modeling process.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business AdministrationUniversity of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada
  2. 2.Deptartment of Industrial EngineeringDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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