Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2013 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Michael C. Fu


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1153-7_200307

The Watch It and Model It Approach

The primary assumption of this approach to OR Implementation is that if the OR/MS person is sufficiently educated in the theoretical constructs and methodology that only minimum exposure to the actual situation is required. This assumption often works startlingly well in practice because the graduates of such programs are customarily drawn from the already rich and/or extremely bright quartile of the population. In short, entrance to these schools requires either massive amounts of money or outstanding academic performance which generates a scholarship. The argument is as follows. The product of this approach, when confronted with a real-world problem, could do a memory search from their conceptual education and unerringly choose the proper model for the solution of the problem. It is often implied that the rest is dog work which can be safely handed to others.

The good news about this approach is that if the OR/MS person is quite bright, quick and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Economics and BusinessColorado School of MinesGoldenUSA