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Presented by:MOHD.SHADAN FAIZI(100107115) MOHD.SAQIB(100107120) MOHD.ANAS(100107117) MOHD.REHAN(100107119) MOHD.NAZIM(100107118)

Presented to :Prof.SANDEEP ANAND


Origin Phases and Process Techniques Advantages Applications

Today, almost every large organization or corporation in

developed nations as well as to some extent in developing countries has executive applying operations research, and in government the use of operations research has spread from military to widely varied departments at all levels.
India was one of the first few countries who started using

OR. In 1949, the first OR unit was established in the Regional Research Laboratory at Hyderabad. ALL THE BEST for this wonderful Journey.

The ambiguous term Operations Research (OR) was

coined during world war II, when the British Military Management called upon a group of scientists together to apply a scientific approach to the study of military operations to win the battle. Operations Research originated in Great Britain during World War II(1940s) to bring mathematical or quantitative approaches to bear on military operations. The main objective was to allocate the scarce resources in an effective manner to the various military operations and to the activities within each operation. The effectiveness of operations research in military spread in it to other government department and industry. Due to the availability of faster and flexible computing facilities and the no. of qualified O.R. professionals, it is now widely used in military, business, industry, transportation, public health etc.

It is concerned with co-ordinating and

controlling the operations or activities within the organization. O.R. can be regarded as the mathematical and quantitative techniques to substantiate the decisions being taken. O.R. takes tool from subjects like statistics, mathematics, engineering, economics, psychology etc. and uses them to know the consequences of possible alternative actions. Operations research (OR) is a discipline explicitly devoted to aiding decision makers.


The activities carried out in an organization related to attaining its goals and objectives.


The process of observation and testing characterized by the scientific method. The steps of the process include observing the situation and formulating a problem statement, constructing a mathematical model, hypothesizing that the model represents the important aspects of the situation, and validating the model through experimentation.


The society in which the problem arises or for which the solution is important. The organization may be a corporation, a branch of government, a department within a firm, a group of employees, or perhaps even a household or individual.


An individual or group in the organization capable of proposing and implementing necessary actions.


OR is a scientific method of providing

executive departments with a quantitative basis for decisions regarding the operations under their control. Morse & Kimball Operations research is a scientific approach to problem solving for executive management. H.M. Wagner Operations research is an aid for the executive in making this decisions by providing him with the needed quantitative information based on the scientific method of analysis. C. Kittel

Nature of O.R. Characteristics

Inter-disciplinary team approach Systems approach Helpful in improving the quality of solution Scientific method Goal oriented optimum solution

Use of models
Require willing executives Reduces complexity



Phase -I, Problem Analysis

Define the operational problem

Discussion of problem with all stake- holders Identifying subsystems

Develop objectives for subsystems

obtaining consensus on objectives of the


Analyze the problem and divide into smaller units

Operational problem is analyzed in detail. The problem is broken into small units. This is presented graphically.

The graph shows inputs, outputs and the outside


Establishing Research Priorities

First look at the system as a whole and then as a

cluster of major subsystems. Then ask where one should expect modifications to produce the greatest positive impact on outputs.

Phase -II, Solution Development


Specify solution objectives

Solution objectives are statements of the desired

solutions to the operational problem. These are usually stated in terms of system efficiency that is conservation of inputs and maximization of outputs. Fixed inputs with maximum outputs. Minimum inputs with maximum outputs.

Specify decision variables and stipulate constraints on the solution

Decision variables are factors that both play a

role in determining how a system functions and are also within the control of the system manager. Amount of ORS packets Training methods Factors that limit the the practical range of one or more decision variables are called constraints. Socio-economic, ethnicity, occupation,

Identify or construct an appropriate model for solution development

Model building is the essence of the

operations research A model is the simplified representation of the real world

Resource allocation Networking



Design field test

How believable are the outcome

of the field test.

Experimental Non-experimental


Implementing the field test

Determination of requisite resources Development of management scheme

Development of training material

Arrangements of obtaining human and other

resources needed Design of an information system

Evaluating,modifying and integrating the solutions

Continuous assessment to ensure

refinements of inputs
Integrating the solution within the system


The OR Process
Combining the steps we obtain the complete OR

process. In practice, the process may not be well defined and the steps may not be executed in a strict order. Rather there are many loops in the process, with experimentation and observation at each step suggesting modifications to decisions made earlier. The process rarely terminates with all the loose ends tied up. Work continues after a solution is proposed and implemented. Parameters and conditions change over time requiring a constant review of the solution and a continuing repetition of portions of the process.






Linear programming- It has been used to solve problems

involving assignment of jobs to machines, blending, product mix, advertising media selection, least cost diet, distribution, transportation and many others.
Dynamic programming- It has been applied to capital

budgeting, selection of advertising media, cargo loading and optimal routing problems.
Waiting line or queuing theory- It has been useful to solve

problems of traffic congestion, repair and maintenance of broken-down machines, number of service facilities, scheduling and control of air-traffic, hospital operations, counter in banks and railway booking agencies.
Inventory control / planning- These models have been used

to determine economic order quantities, safety stocks, reorder levels, minimum and maximum stock level.


theory- It has been helpful in controlling hurricuanes, water pollution, medicine, space exploration, research and development projects.

Network analysis (PERT& CPM)- These techniques have

been used in planning, scheduling and controlling construction of dams, brides, roads and highways and development & production of aircrafts, ships, computers etc.

It has been helpful in a wide variety of probabilistic marketing situations.

Theory of replacement- It has been extensively employed to


determine the optimum replacement interval for three types of replacement problems: i) Items that deteriorate with time. ii) Items that do not deteriorate with time but fail suddenly. iii) Staff replacement and recruitment.

What is a Mathematical Model?


The majority of practical decision problems are


described in very vague terms. Therefore, a mostimportant step in a scientific or quantitative analysis of a problem is to formulate a model that adequately captures the essence of a problem. The result of such a formulation, or an abstraction, is called a mathematical optimization model. Generally speaking, a mathematical optimization model has the following typical components: a set of decision variables an objective function, expressed in terms of the decision variables, that is to be minimized or maximized a set of constraints that limit the possible values of the decision variables



Provides a tool for scientific analysis. Provides solution for various business problems. Enables proper deployment of resources. Helps in minimizing waiting and servicing costs. Enables the management to decide when to buy and how much to buy? Assists in choosing an optimum strategy. Renders great help in optimum resource allocation. Facilitates the process of decision making. Management can know the reactions of the integrated business systems. Helps a lot in the preparation of future managers.

The inherent limitations concerning mathematical


expressions High costs are involved in the use of O.R. techniques O.R. does not take into consideration the intangible factors O.R. is only a tool of analysis and not the complete decision-making process Other limitations Bias Inadequate objective functions Internal resistance Competence Reliability of the prepared solution

Application Fields

Planning Agriculture Public utilities