Management Science


Manageme nt Sci ence/ Operat ions Research
Synonyms: Operations Research, Management Science, Quantitative Analysis, Decision Science History: Early 1900s:Frederic Taylor provided the foundation for the use of quantitative methods in management. About 1947: Modern development of OR/MS during world war II Summer 1947: George Dantzig developed the simplex method to solve linear programming problems.

First conference on linear programming First book of operations research Management Science: is a scientific approach for solving management problems.

:A ppli cations
Organization United Airlines Nature of Application Annual Saving Schedule shift work $6 millions at reservation offices and airports to meet customer needs with minimum cost Used operations research to complete the repair process of the 405 freeway in shorter time after the 1994 earthquake


San Francisco Police Department

A system was designed to schedule police officers in such a way that minimize the cost of police operation, and maintain a high level of citizen safety. Develop a Spare parts inventory system to improve service support Optimize refinery operations and the supply distribution

11 millions + $3 millions increase in the traffic citation revenue


$750 millions

Citgo Petroleum Corp.

$70 millions


Redesign the sizes $280 millions and locations of buffers in a printer production line to meet production goals Determining the optimal fiber orientations that maximizes the strength of a composite material Schedule employees to provide desired customer service at minimum cost $13 millions

Research work

Taco Bell

Cur rent Profes si onal :Organi zat io ns
• The Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (Informs) • The Decision Science Institute (DSI) • Colleges offering degrees in Operations Research/Management Science Jobs available for the graduates of OR/MS: • Operations Research analyst is one of the fastest growing occupations for careers requiring B.Sc. degrees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts growth from 57,000 jobs in 1990 to 100,000 in 2005, i.e. 73% increase.

What can management Science Techniques do?
1. System Design
– capacity – location – arrangement of departments – product and service planning – acquisition and placement of equipment

Decision Making
2. System operation
– – – – – personnel Inventory Scheduling Project management Quality assurance

A model is an abstraction of reality.
– Iconic – Analog – Mathematical


What are the pros and cons of models?

Types of Models
Iconic Models: Examples - scale model of airplane, toy truck etc. Analog Models: models do not have the same physical appearance of the object. Examples – The speedometer is an analog model representing the speed of the automobile, a thermometer is an analog model representing temperature. Mathematical Model: A system of mathematical relationships.

Models Are Beneficial
• Easy to use, less expensive • Increase understanding of the problem • Enable “what if” questions • Consistent tool • Power of mathematics

Quantitative Approaches
• Linear programming • Integer programming • Nonlinear programming • Goal programming • Queuing Techniques • Project models • Statistical models

Systems Approach
“The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”


Pareto Phenomenon
• A few factors account for a high percentage of the occurrence of some event(s). • 80/20 Rule - 80% of problems are caused by 20% of the activities. How do we identify the vital few?

Quanti tative Anal ysi s Approach 1. Identify Problem 2. Problem definition/Problem Statement 3. Model development (Problem Formulation) 4. Model Solution 5. Data Preparation

Qu antitative A naly sis Ap proach ))c ontin ued

6. Model Solution
-Graphical Approach -Computer Approach

7. Report Generation 8. Result implementation

Mathemati cal M odel :Devel opment • Step 1: Understand the problem. • Step 2: Define the controllable
inputs (decision variables)

• Step 3: Identify and model the
Criterion (objective function)

• Step 4: Identify and model the
restrictions (constraints)

• Step 5: Identify the upper/lower

Product Mix
Example- Problem # 13- Pg. 41
The Electrotech Corporation manufactures twoindustrialsized electrical devices: generators and alternators. Both of the products require wiring and testing during the assembly process. Each generator requires 2 hours of wiring and 1 hour of testing and can be sold for a $250 profit. Each alternator requires 3 hours of wiring and 2 hours of testing and can be sold for a $150 profit. There are 260 hours of wiring time and 140 hours of testing time available in the next production period and Electrotech would like to maximize profit. a) Formulate an LP model for this problem. b) Sketch the feasible region for this problem. c) Determine the optimal solution to this problem.

Example – 2.5 – Pg. 20
Blue Ridge Hot Tubs manufactures and sells two models of hot tubs: the Aqua-Spa and the Hydro-Lux. Howie Jones, the owner and manager of the company, needs to decide how many of each type of hot tub to produce during his next production cycle. Howie buys prefabricated fiberglass hot tub shells form a local supplier and adds the pump and tubing to the shells to create his hot tubs. (This supplier has the capacity to deliver as many hot tub shells as Howie needs.) Howie installs the same type of pump into both hot tubs. He will have only 200 pumps available during his next production cycle. From a manufacturing standpoint, the main difference between two models of hot tubs is the amount of tubing and labor required. Each Hydro-Lux requires 6 hours of labor and 16 feet of tubing available during the next production cycle. Howie earns a profit of $350 on each Aqua-Spa he sells and $350 on each Aqua-Spa he sells and $300 on each Hydro-Luxes should Howie produces if he wants to maximize his profits during the next production cycle?

Example 3-1/Practical MSCI
The Monet Company produces four type of picture frames, which we label 1, 2, 3, 4. • The four types of frames differ with respect to size, shape and materials used. • Each type requires a certain amount of skilled labor, metal, and glass as shown in this table. The table lists the unit selling price Monet charges for each type of frame.

Example 3-1/Practical MSCI
Labor hr Frame 1 2 Metal ounces 4 Glass Ounces 6 Sale Price 28.50

Frame 2





Frame 3





Frame 4





Example 3-1/Practical MSCI
• During the coming week Monet can purchase up to 4000 hours of skilled labor, 6000 ounces of metal, and 10,000 ounces of glass. • The unit costs are $8.00 per labor hour, $0.50 per ounce of metal, and $0.75 per ounce of glass. • Also, market constraints are such that it is impossible to sell more than 1000 type 1 frames, 2000 type 2, frames, 500 type 3 frames, and 1000 type 4 frames. • The company wants to maximize its weekly profit.

Example 3-1/Practical MSCI
• In the traditional algebraic solution method we first identify the decision variables. • In this problem they are the number of frames of type 1, 2, 3, and 4 to produce. We label these x1, x2, x3, x4. • Next we write total profit and the constraints in terms of the x’s. • Finally, since only nonnegative amounts can be produced, we add explicit constraints to ensure that the x’s are nonnegative.

Example 3-1/Practical MSCI
• The resulting algebraic formulation is shown below:
Maximize objective) Subject to constraint) 6x1 + 2x2 + 4x3 + 3x4 (profit 2x1 + x2 + 3x3 + 2x4 ≤ 4000 (labor

4x1 + 2x2 + x3 + 2x4 ≤ 10,000 (glass constraint) x1 ≤ 1000 (frame 1 sales constraints) x2 ≤ 2000 (frame 2 sales constraints) x3 ≤ 500 (frame 3 sales constraints) x4 ≤ 1000 (frame 4 sales constraints) x1, x2, x3, x4 ≥ 0 (nonnegativity constraint)

A Multiperiod Production Problem
Example 3.3 Winston/Albright Page 91 • • • • The Pigskin Company produces footballs. Pigskin must decide how many footballs to produce each month. It has decided to use a 6-month planning horizon. The forecasted demands for the next 6 months are 10,000, 15,000, 30,000, 35,000, 25,000 and 10,000. Pigskin wants to meet these demands on time, knowing that it currently has 5000 footballs in inventory and that it can use a given month’s production to help meet the demand for that month.

Example 3.3
• During each month there is enough production capacity to produce up to 30,000 footballs, and there is enough storage capacity to store up to 10,000 footballs at the end of the month, after demand has occurred. • The forecasted production costs per football for the next 6 months are $12.50, $12.55, $12.70, $12.80, $12.85, and $12.95, respectively. • The holding cost per football held in inventory at the end of the month is figured at 5% of the production cost for that month.

Example 3.3
• In the traditional algebraic formulation, the decision variables are the production quantities for the 6 months, labeled P1 through P6. • It is convenient to let I1 through I6 be the corresponding end-of-month inventories (after the demand has occurred). • For example, I3 is the number of footballs left over at then end of month 3. Therefore, the obvious constraints are on production and inventory storage capacities: Pj ≤ 300 and Ij ≤ 100 for each month j, 1 ≤ j ≤ 6.

Example 3.3
• In addition to these constraints, we need balance constraints that relate the P ’s and I ’s. • In any month the inventory from the previous month plus the current production must equal the current demand plus leftover inventory. • If Dj is the forecasted demand for month j, then the balance equation for month j is Ij-1 + Pj = Dj + Ij.

Example 3.3
• The first of these constraints, for month j = 1, uses the known beginning inventory, 50, for the previous inventory (the Ij-1 term) • By putting all variables (P’s and I’s) on the left and all known values on the right (a standard LP convention), these balance constraints become
P1 – I1 = 100-50 I1 + P2 – I2 = 150 I2 + P3 – I3 = 300 I3 + P4 – I4 = 350 I4 + P5 – I5 = 250 I5 + P6 – I6 = 100

Employee Scheduling
Example 4.1 Winston/Albright
• • A post office requires different numbers of fulltime employees on different days of the week. The number of full-time employees required each day is given in this table. Employee Requirements for Post Office Monday 17 Tuesday 13 Wednesday 15 Thursday 19 Friday 14 Saturday16 Sunday 11

Example 4.1 Winston/Albright
• Union rules state that each fulltime employee must work 5 consecutive days and then receive 2 days off. • For example, an employee who works Monday to Friday must be off Saturday and Sunday. • The post office wants to meet its daily requirements using only full-time employees. • Its objective is to minimize the number of full-time employees that must be hired.

• To model the Post Office problem with a spreadsheet, we must keep track of the following: – Number of employees starting work on each day of the week – Number of employees working each day – Total number of employees • It is important to keep track of the number of employees starting work each day, because this is the only way to incorporate the fact that workers work 5 consecutive days.

Aggregate Planning Models
Example 4.2 Winston/Albright • During the next four months the SureStep Company must meet (on time) the following demands for pairs of shoes: 3,000 in month 1; 5,000 in month 2; 2,000 in month 3; and 1,000 in month 4. At the beginning of month 1, 500 pairs of shoes are on hand, and SureStep has 100 workers. A worker is paid $1,500 per month. Each worker can work up to 160 hours a month before he or she receives overtime. A worker is forced to work 20 hours of overtime per month and is paid $13 per hour for overtime labor.

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Example 4.2 Winston/Albright
• It takes 4 hours of labor and $15 of raw material to produce a pair of shoes. • At the beginning of each month workers can be hired or fired. Each hired worker costs $1600, and each fired worker cost $2000. • At the end of each month, a holding cost of $3 per pair of shoes left in inventory is incurred.Production in a given month can be used to meet that month’s demand. • SureStep wants to us LP to determine its optimal production schedule and labor policy.

Example 4.2 Winston/Albright
• To model SureStep’s problem with a spreadsheet, we must keep track of the following:
– Number of workers hired, fired, and available during each month. – Number of pairs of shoes produced each month with regular time and overtime labor – Number of overtime hours used each month – Beginning and ending inventory of shoes each month – Monthly costs and the total costs

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