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The Content of MSc Operational Research Courses: Results of a Questionnaire to OR Groups

By John Mingers

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This paper presents the results of a survey of practising OR groups in UK organizations. The survey was conducted as part of the review procedures of Warwick University's MSc. in Operational Research. The aim was to elicit the views of OR practitioners as to the desirable content of such a course. The questionnaire was sent to 66 OR groups, of which 45 responded, and covered 75 different topics. As well as presenting the basic results, this paper explores the structure of the responses using factor analysis and attempts to classify the OR groups using cluster analysis. Comparisons are drawn with previous surveys and with the SERC OR panel recommendation

Topics: HA33
Publisher: Stockton Press
Year: 1991
DOI identifier: 10.1057/jors.1991.79
OAI identifier: oai:kar.kent.ac.uk:3880
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