# 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. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-3995.2000.tb00224.x) (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) (KAR id:3895)

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## Abstract

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 10.1111/j.1475-3995.2000.tb00224.x H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > HA33 Management Science Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Analytics, Operations and Systems John Mingers 26 May 2009 21:41 UTC 16 Nov 2021 09:42 UTC https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3895 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes) https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4102-4696