The OR/MS Ecosystem: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats

Operations Research, Vol. 56, No. 2, pp. 267-277, March-April 2008

Cass Business School Research

Posted: 17 Jul 2010

See all articles by ManMohan S. Sodhi

ManMohan S. Sodhi

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School

Christopher S. Tang

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management (DOTM) Area

Date Written: March-April 2008

Abstract

We believe that research, teaching, and practice are becoming increasingly disengaged from one another in the OR/MS ecosystem. This ecosystem comprises researchers, educators, and practitioners in its core along with end users, universities, and funding agencies. Continuing disengagement will result in OR/MS occupying only niche areas and disappearing as a distinct field even though its tools would live on. To understand the reasons for this disengagement better and to engender discussion among academics and practitioners on how to counter it, we present the ecosystem’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Incorporated in this paper are insights from a cluster of sessions at the 2006 INFORMS meeting in Pittsburgh (“Where Do We Want to Go in OR/MS?”) and from the literature.

Keywords: operations research, management science, SWOT analysis, ecosystem, change management

Suggested Citation

Sodhi, ManMohan S. and Tang, Christopher S., The OR/MS Ecosystem: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (March-April 2008). Operations Research, Vol. 56, No. 2, pp. 267-277, March-April 2008, Cass Business School Research, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1640854

ManMohan S. Sodhi (Contact Author)

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Christopher S. Tang

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management (DOTM) Area ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
United States

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