Mathematical programming modelling tools for resource-poor countries and organisations

Clark, A. (2010) Mathematical programming modelling tools for resource-poor countries and organisations. OR Insight, 23 (1). pp. 57-70. ISSN 0953-5543

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/ori.2009.9

Abstract

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.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:modelling languages, mathematical programming, OR in developing countries, spreadsheets
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics
ID Code:11482
Deposited By: Dr A. Clark
Deposited On:02 Nov 2010 14:45
Last Modified:19 Aug 2013 18:26

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