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Introduction to O.R. II

  Ref. 406  
  Frances O'Brien
  19 - 23 September 2016, Birmingham
  £2,875 + VAT Members
  £3,125 + VAT Non-members
  Hands-on course


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   Predictive 100%
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The overall aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the process and techniques of operational research. The specific objectives are: to understand the role of operational research in management, to understand the requirements for successful operational research interventions, to have a knowledge of a range of operational research techniques, to be able to identify the suitability of a technique for a problem situation and be able to apply those techniques. This can be taken as a stand-alone course or used in conjunction with ‘Introduction to O.R. I’ [Course 389]

The course covers: Problem Structuring Methods (PSMs) - Exploring situations where PSMs can be useful; Problem structuring tools for representing complex situations: rich pictures, causal maps, mind maps; Identifying project formats and consulting skills for successful PSM practice; The use of systems modelling for innovation and strategy. Statistical Methods in O.R.: Multivariate Models – Discriminant analysis, cluster analysis and factor analysis; Detecting groups, analysing group profiles and classification procedures. Data Envelopment Analysis – Introduction to data envelopment analysis (DEA); Graphical and mathematical representations of the basic DEA models; Brief overview of some of the most important model extensions; Exercise: How can one measure the performance of a pub?; Interpreting the output from a DEA model. System Dynamics – Concepts of feedback and dynamics complexity; Qualitative system dynamics: causal loop diagrams; Quantitative system dynamics and system dynamics software; Using system dynamics models; O.R. in Strategy – A framework for the strategic development process; Methods and models available for supporting strategy development; Applying a selection of the above methods in practice.

If you are interested in further information, have any requirements (e.g. an alternative course date), or have difficulty booking a course online then please contact Jennie Phelps. It is recommended that courses are booked online. If this is not possible, then please print off, fill and fax or post the Training Course Booking Form.

Jennie Phelps   Address:  The OR Society, Seymour House, 12 Edward Street, Birmingham, B1 2RX, UK
  Tel: +44 (0)121 233 9300
  Fax: +44 (0)121 233 0321