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Foundations of O.R: O.R. & Strategy (London)

  Ref. 424  
  Frances O'Brien
  8 December 2016, London
  £575 + VAT Members
  £625 + VAT Non-members


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GORS London Courses

The purpose of the series of ‘Foundations of O.R.’ courses is to help practitioners to understand the role of Operational Research in management; understand the requirements for successful Operational Research interventions; have knowledge of a range of Operational Research techniques; be able to identify the suitability of a technique for a problem situation and be able to apply those techniques.

Civil Servants / Members of the Government O.R. Service need to book these courses through the Civil Service Learning portal. (Go to

Foundations of O.R: O.R. & Strategy

The purpose of this day is to develop an understanding of the key activities within the strategic development process and how frameworks, methods and models can be used to support these activities. The day will be taught with a combination of lectures covering the strategy process and the range of methods used to support it, followed by short introductions and hand-on sessions applying one particular method: scenario planning.

The objectives for the day are to:

  • To develop a framework for the strategic development process
  • To develop an understanding of the methods and models available and their role in supporting the strategic development process
  • To develop skills in applying one of the methods to supporting the strategic development process: scenario planning

The topics covered during the day are:

  • The strategic development process
  • Tools for supporting the strategy process
  • Different roles played by OR practitioners in supporting the strategy process
  • An introduction to scenario planning



09.00 - 10.30   Introduction to the strategy process
                        Overview of tools used to support the strategy process
                        Roles for supporting the strategy process

10.30 - 11.00   Break

11.00 - 13.00   Introduction to scenario planning
                        Exercises:   Setting the scene for scenario planning
                                            Generating factors
                                            Factor reduction

13.00 - 14.00   Lunch

14.00 - 15.00   Introduction to scenario planning:
                        Exercises:   Developing scenario themes
                                            Narrating scenarios

15.00 - 15.30   Break

15.30 - 17.00   Using scenarios to support strategy development
                        Exercises:   Assessing the impact of scenarios
                                           Generating strategic options
                                           Evaluating strategic options

Course Tutor

Frances O’Brien is an Associate Professor in Operational Research and Management Sciences at Warwick Business School. She graduated with a BSc in Maths and Classical Studies from the University of Surrey and went on to take an MSc in Operational Research. She has been a lecturer in the Operational Research and Management Sciences group since 1990, and has taught on a range of business modelling and strategic development courses for a wide variety of student groups from undergraduate to MBA. Her previous industrial experience is in business modelling with Ford Motor Company. Her main research interests lie in the area of strategic development. In particular, she has researched into the use of scenarios to capture uncertainty about the future, and the development of organisational visions for guiding strategic development.

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