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A job shop was simulated in order to determine the effect of different job priority rules involving setup times on shop performance. The seven priority rules tested were chosen on the basis that they could be implemented by job shop foremen. Assumptions in the simulation model were based on...
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Editorial comment and call for letters on the subject for the column about Marketing Science. —“A note on the use of Markov chains in forecasting store choice” by Kenneth A. Longman, 285 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10017.
The decision process is described as a series of steps, starting with information output and analysis and culminating in resolution, namely a selection from several available alternatives. Various aspects of rationality in decision making are reviewed and the concept of personalistic versus...
The problems of management of tuberculosis in developing nations are studied utilizing the tools of systems analysis. The tuberculosis system consists of interacting components which are the “states of nature” of the disease. The interaction of these components determine the future state of...
Book Reviews —Simon, Herbert A., The Sciences of the Artificial . Cambridge, Mass.: The M.I.T. Press, 1969, 123 pp; —Churchman, C. West, The Systems Approach . New York: Delacorte Press, 1968, 243 pp., $7.50; —Schlaifer, Robert, Analysis of Decisions Under Uncertainty . New York:...
Large, technologically-based industrial organizations are composed of many-specialist functions whose interests are frequently seen to be in conflict with those of management. Conflict within such organizations occurs over mutually dependent claims to shares of limited resources necessary to...
The objective of this paper is to present a means of modeling the quality characteristics of a large class of systems. The proposed models depend upon the use of a state variable to describe the quality level at various points in the system and upon, transition matrices to describe the...
This paper surveys methods proposed in the literature for determining the optimal solution to “ N Job, M Machines” scheduling problems when there are no due dates or priorities and the sole objective is to complete all operations in least time.
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