Implementation of OR/MS in the Public Sector
The successful use and impact of OR/MS in the public sector varies by domain. Areas of continuing operational and policy impact include the military, energy administration, and environmental quality. With forest land management, OR/MS successes extend to all corners of the globe: U.S., Chile, and New Zealand. When policies are debated with regard to illicit drugs, prison populations, homeland security, or air traffic safety, the leading experts are operations researchers who have made a long-term commitment to studying the issues. In contrast, the growing list of city government success stories of the 1970s has now become an infrequent event. With regard to social welfare and educational policy, there are no significant successes to speak of in the U.S. in part because operations researchers have not even attempted to penetrate these areas.
The OR/MS literature of the 1960s and 70s began to document a growing concern about implementation failure of many OR/MS models and...
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