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The OR Society - Previous Webinars

Getting the best out of forecasting software
Tuesday 4 December 2018 | 3pm

Professor Nikos Kourentzes and Professor Robert Fildes, Centre for Marketing Analytics and Forecasting, Lancaster University Management School discuss 'Getting the Best Out of Forecasting Software'. In most organisations, forecasts are produced through software, whether it is the ubiquitous Excel, an advanced econometrics package or an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

This webinar examines:

  • The selection process for software acquisition
  • Appraising the software for efficiency
  • Testing and making improvements
  • Effective forecasting methods

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Group Decision Making: Opportunities and challenges to policy making
Wednesday 12 September 2018 | 3pm

Alberto Franco, Associate Dean (Teaching) of the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University discusses ‘Group Decision Making: Opportunities and challenges to policy making’. The hour-long webinar session explored the different approaches in decision-making for problem solving in policy making including:

  • Tackling policy problems
  • Cognitive traps
  • The decision making process

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How simulation has been used to test the long term and operational impact of policy ideas
Wednesday 4 July 2018 | 3:00 PM

Tom Stephenson is the Head of Customer Success at SIMUL8 Corporation In this webinar, Tom provided an overview of why simulation can be a useful technique in aiding decision making when setting policy. He also presented case studies from different sectors and different countries, giving advice on the best simulation techniques to use to solve problems in those sectors.

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Wind tunnelling policy concepts
Wednesday 6 June 2018 | 3:00 PM

Hiroko Plant is the Regulatory Policy Committee Secretariat at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. In this webinar Hiroko explains why we need wind tunneling, how to prepare for it and shares some practical examples of best practice.

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How to use PSMs for strategic thinking and exploring their role in policy making
Wednesday 4 April 2018 | 3:00 PM

Dr Giles Hindle from the University of Hull discusses ‘How to use PSMs for strategic thinking and exploring their role in policy making’. The hour-long webinar session explored the theoretical frameworks and craft processes associated with PSM consulting projects: • A process approach to consulting • Soft Systems Methodology • Causal Mapping The webinar forms part of a series offering an ongoing discussion for a living network interested in problem structuring method.

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Introductions to perspectives on Problem Structuring Methods for Policy Making
Wednesday 7 March 2018 | 3:00 PM

Ian Mitchell FORS, Secretary of the Public Policy Design Special Interest Group, introduces a series of webinars hosted by the OR Society to explore OR Problem Structuring Methods in Public Policy Design.
Ian introduces the place of Problem Structuring in the analytical process suggested by Harrison. He shows a list of the major methods and gives his personal perspectives on three of these.  Reflecting on the New Zealand experience of the Strategic Choice Approach on the large scale issue of water policy, Ian moves to the individual level use of Systems Thinking to obtain similar benefits but at a much finer resolution.
He summarises work on Science and Innovation as a further large scale example of Systems Thinking as a structuring method.  Ian uses the Strategic Choice Approach to consider how Multi Criteria Decision Analysis can also Structure problems despite its apparent focus on comparison.

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Who do you think you are?

Exploring identity as an O.R. professional

Frances O’Brien, University of Warwick

Wednesday 16 September 2015, 5pm-6pm

Who do you think you are?  When you talk to other people about what you do, how do you describe your role?  Do you see yourself as an O.R. professional with a strong sense of professional identity?  Is your sense of identity linked to the type of work you do and the experiences you've had throughout your life?  If you haven't thought about it much, this webinar will give you a great opportunity to explore what influences who you think you are.  The webinar will be a practical session with opportunities to reflect on your career choices, the type of work you have undertaken and how this has influenced your perception of who you are professionally.  There will be a mixture of exercises to help you map out the path of experiences that influence your identity as well as opportuniti1es to share your experiences with others, some of whom may have had quite different experiences to you or be at different stages in their careers.

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The OR Society Thought Leadership Webinar

Simulation, Lean and Lean Simulation

Stewart Robinson, Loughborough University

Monday 10 November 4:30pm

Join The OR Society for its first thought leadership webinar with the OR Society President, Prof. Stewart Robinson (Loughborough University).  This series of webinars are designed to engage O.R. professionals and academics with key topical issues from thought leaders in the field.  Prof. Robinson will provide a short talk on 'Simulation, Lean and Lean Simulation' with an opportunity for Q&A and discussion. 

Details of Thought Leadership webinar:
Discrete-event simulation and lean are approaches that have a similar motivation: improvement of processes and service delivery.  They are, however, rarely used together.  In this talk Professor Robinson will discuss from a theoretical and practical perspective the complementary roles of simulation and lean.  In doing so he will identify three roles for simulation with lean (education, facilitation and evaluation), and demonstrate them in use with case examples.  The talk will finish by introducing the idea of ‘lean simulation’.

Details of the Thought Leader:
Stewart Robinson is Professor of Management Science and Associate Dean Research at Loughborough University, School of Business and Economics.  Previously employed in simulation consultancy, he supported the use of simulation in companies throughout Europe and the rest of the world.  He is author/co-author of six books on simulation.  His research focuses on the practice of simulation model development and use.  Key areas of interest are conceptual modelling, model validation, output analysis and alternative simulation methods (discrete-event, system dynamics and agent based).  Professor Robinson is co-founder of the Journal of Simulation and the Simulation Workshop conference series.  He is President of the Operational Research Society. Home page:

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If you are interested in providing a thought leadership webinar in this series then please email Dr. Miles Weaver at for further details.