Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

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

Operational Research Society (ORS)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1153-7_200542

The United Kingdom’s Operational Research Society (ORS) had its origins in an informal OR Club, founded in 1948, for “people who are working in or are concerned with problems associated with Operational Research” (Anon 1950b). Membership was limited to one member per industry or organization. In 1950, the Club established a specialist journal, the Operational Research Quarterly, that would “assemble in one place as much as possible of the information that operational research workers now find (or fail to find) scattered widely over the very large body of scientific and technical literature” (Anon 1950a). The journal was renamed the Journal of the Operational Research Society in 1978.

The Club was reconstituted as a Society in 1953, with no numerical limit on membership. The aims were defined in the Constitution as “the advancement of education through the provision of training in and the promotion and adoption of operational research.” Cooperation with the American and French...

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