Variety is the Spice of Life: Combining Soft and Hard OR/MS Methods

Mingers, John (2000) Variety is the Spice of Life: Combining Soft and Hard OR/MS Methods. International Transactions in Operational Research, 7 (6). pp. 673-691. ISSN 0969-6016 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Some observers have expressed concern over the state of the OR/MS profession, especially as to its failure to tackle complex, messy problems. One response has been to develop various ``soft'' methods (also called ``problem structuring methods'') that focus on the human and political aspects of OR/MS interventions. Recent work, both theoretical and practitioner-based, involves the combination of several methods in a particular project (multimethod). Often the combination includes both hard (quantitative) and soft (qualitative) approaches. This paper illustrates the utility of soft methods, and in particular their combination, with recently published case studies. It then proposes an approach to the process of combining methods, including several frameworks and techniques to assist in selecting and linking di€erent methods. Finally, it discusses future research in this field

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > HA33 Management Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: John Mingers
Date Deposited: 26 May 2009 21:41
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2014 12:38
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