Mathematical programming modelling tools for resource-poor countries and organisations.
OR Insight, 23 (1).
Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/11482
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/ori.2009.9
In recent years, powerful mathematical modelling languages have enabled Operational Research practitioners to rapidly develop prototype tools capable of modelling complex managerial decisions such as staff shift scheduling, or production and supply chain planning. However, such tools have often required expensive commercial optimisation solvers that are sometimes beyond the financial reach of small companies and organisations, particularly in the low-income and emerging economies. Fortunately, the worldwide scope of the internet has put powerful free optimisation tools within the reach of anyone with a modest PC and even a slow internet connection. This article will present examples showing just how beneficial such an approach can be for resource-poor organisations.
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