Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Normative model

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_689

A model that attempts to describe standards of behavior of a man/machine system; the “what ought to be.” Normative models identify feasible and desirable configurations of the system to serve as goals or norms. For a decision problem, such a model specifies logically consistent decision procedures that indicate how an individual should decide. Normative models are often based on an axiomatic foundation. Decision problem; Descriptive model; Mathematical model; Prescriptive model.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of MarylandCollege PartUSA
  2. 2.School of Information Technology & EngineeringGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA