Changing Paradigms in Operational Research

Cybernetics and Systems, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 91-112, 1998

16 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2009

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Maurice Yolles

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K)

Date Written: 1998

Abstract

While paradigms evolve and mature, they may also become bounded through the vary conceptualisations that originally made them successful.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

Suggested Citation

Yolles, Maurice, Changing Paradigms in Operational Research (1998). Cybernetics and Systems, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 91-112, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1359882

Maurice Yolles (Contact Author)

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K) ( email )

Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool
United Kingdom

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