Changing Paradigms in Operational Research
Cybernetics and Systems, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 91-112, 1998
16 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2009
Date Written: 1998
While paradigms evolve and mature, they may also become bounded through the vary conceptualisations that originally made them successful. The paradigm of complexity is able to conceptualise problem situations in terms of certainty, softness, and structure. These conceptualisations can be used to evaluate how different paradigms change. This can be illustrated by examining the appearance of new Operational Research paradigms over the last half century, and examining how they change using landmark theory.
Keywords: Paradigm change, complexity, Operational Research
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