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There has always been an uneasy relationship between the 'hard' and 'soft' schools of management science. Featuring original insights from leading lights in the field, this accessibly written book begins by examining theoretical aspects of the hard/soft debate. It then goes on to consider how the two schools can be brought together in a new approach, integrating elements of both disciplines, and explores practical aspects of this with real-world examples. Highlights include Colin Eden and Fran Ackermann on soft OR models, Peter Checkland and Sue Holwell on classic and soft OR, and John Morecroft on learning in "System Dynamics Practice". A concluding chapter brings the thinking of the contributors together and points the way forward.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780470867310
ISBN-10: 0470867310
Format: Paperback
(214mm x 149mm x 14mm)
Pages: 236
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Pidd

Mchael Pidd is Professor of Management Science at Lancaster University and a Past President of the Operational Research Society. His research interests focus on the development of usable models in management science and computer simulation and he has published widely in many academic journals and books. His authored books include the highly regarded Tools for Thinking: Modelling in Management Science, now in its second edition, and Computer Simulation in Management Science, now in its fourth edition, (both published by John Wiley & Sons).

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