Operational research and the social sciences

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Plenum Press, Apr 1, 1989 - Business & Economics - 723 pages
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Contents

A Behavioural Science Perspective on Operational Research
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An Operational Researcher Looks at the Social Sciences
13
On Flexibility and Freedom
19
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Michael C. Jackson graduated from Oxford University and has since worked in public sector management, in academia, and as a consultant. He is Professor of Management Systems at the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and Director of its business school. Mike is author of "Systems Methodology for the Management Sciences," Plenum, 1991; "Creative Problem Solving," Wiley, 1991 (with R.L. Flood); "Systems Approaches to Management," Kluwer/Plenum, 2000; and numerous articles in academic and professional journals, including some of the most cited in the field. He is also editor-in-chief of "Systems Research and Behavioral Science" and associate editor of "Systems Practice and Action Research," Mike has been Chair of the UK Systems Society and President of the International Federation for Systems Research and the International Society for the Systems Sciences. His work has been translated into six languages and he has given invited lectures in over twenty countries. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Chartered Management Institute, and the Cybernetics Society.

About the author Paul Keys graduated from St Andrews University with a degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics. He became a research assistant at the School of Geography, University of Leeds where his work focused on urban modelling and systems analysis. He is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Hull in systems methodologies and OR. He has written many papers in the area and has edited several collections. He is also Director of Undergraduate Programmes in the Department of Management Systems and Sciences.