Or practice: Survey results and reflections of practising informs members

L. Abdel-Malek, C. Wolf, F. Johnson, T. Spencer

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In the 1970s, several articles, mostly expressing views of Operational Research pioneers and academicians appeared discussing the state of OR practice. Motivated by the current developments and advances in computing and information technologies, this paper extends these works by directly surveying the practising population of INFORMS to obtain opinions about the state of OR practice today, and the implications for the future. Additionally, in order to better assess the state of OR practice, interviews were held with a sample of successful practitioners to obtain furtherinput on the results of the survey. Despite some problems, most of the practising community seems to agree that the practice of operational research is still growing. In obtained responses, the community emphasised the importance of communication skills and the need for more integration between information technology and operational research methodsin order for OR to achieve its real potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)994-1003
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Operational Research Society
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Marketing


  • Contemporary OR practice
  • Operational research
  • Survey


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