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OR60 Stream - Strategy

Stream Organiser

Frances O’Brien
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Stream Definition

The OR & Strategy stream
Strategic development is fundamentally concerned with organisational development over the longer term, moving an organisation in the direction of a desirable goal or objective. Thus deciding where you want to go, examining what may lie ahead, choosing between options, setting targets, planning how to move in the direction you want to and checking progress along the way are all important components of any process designed to support strategic development.

Helping managers to understand the nature of the issues they face and to have confidence that decisions made have been supported by appropriate analysis of knowledge, information and data, are some of the contributions that OR can make to strategic development.

The OR & Strategy stream intends to promote discussion of the contribution that OR people and their methods make to strategic issues in organisations and to increase awareness of the potential for OR to support strategic development and strategic level analysis.
We welcome contributions in the following areas:

  • Case studies describing the role played by OR practitioners in supporting strategy.
  • Examples of challenging strategic issues / situations that may be tackled using operational research and other methods.
  • Practical / theoretical developments in approaches for supporting strategy development .


Frances O’Brien

Dr Frances O’Brien is an Associate Professor in the Operational Research and Management Sciences group at Warwick Business School. She teaches on a range of business modelling and strategic development modules for a wide variety of student groups from undergraduate to MBA. Her previous industrial experience is in simulation modelling and optimization with Ford Motor Company. Her main research interests and consultancy experience are in the development and use of methods and models to support strategic development, in particular the use of scenarios to capture uncertainty about the future, and the processes used by organisations to develop visions for their future development.


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