The Practice of OR: Between Art and Science

  • Gerrit T. Timmer
Conference paper
Part of the Operations Research Proceedings book series (ORP, volume 1993)


Many application area’s exist where an OR approach can be effective. This is especially true for many strategic and operational problems that arise in the field of distribution and logistics, due to major political and economical changes in Europe.

However, in order to play its role, it is necessary but not sufficient for the OR society to have access to the science aspect (knowledge of sound mathematical models and techniques) of OR. Equally important is the ‘art’ aspect of OR. That is the art to decompose a problem in sub-problems, the choice of the level of detail and the role and the type of the techniques (including OR techniques) to be used.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerrit T. Timmer
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    • 2
  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.ORTEC ConsultantsGoudaThe Netherlands

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