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Operations Research Models and Methods

The Book

This site supports the book Operations Research Models and Methods, by Paul A. Jensen and Jonathan F. Bard, published by John Wiley and Sons in 2003. The book includes chapters on the models and methods described on this site. Many of the chapter exercises can be solved with the Excel add-ins. To purchase the book go to the John Wiley Main site or the John Wiley Higher Education site. For more information on the book see the Introduction, Table of Contents and Supplements.

The original publication of the book included a CD with a variety of resources for the students. All these resources are currently on this ORMM site as listed in the Student Resources section. The materials have been considerably updated and expanded since the original publication. An Instructor Resources section describes several academic courses that use the contents of the book and the Excel add-ins available from this site. Powerpoint presentations are provided. Answers to the book exercises are available from the publisher.


Reviews and Honors

Excerpts from a book review in IIE Trans. Operations Engineering, Vol. 35, No. 9, 2003. Reviewed by David Goldsman, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

"Every once in a while, a clever text comes along that breathes a nice dose of fresh air into the mature field of Operations Research (OR). The Jensen and Bard book is one such welcome example." ... "The web site is impressive, both for its content and ease of navigation." ... "I feel that the book is extremely well written, interesting, and unique among OR texts; it certainly approaches the topic areas from a new perspective. This is an excellent text that I believe professors and students will enjoy and gain a lot from its use."


Excerpts from a book review in Interfaces, Vol. 34, No. 3, May-June 2004. Reviewed by John W. Fowler
Department of Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

"I think this book is extremely well done and the supplementary materials do a great job of complementing (not repeating) the physical text. Having taught undergraduate and First-year graduate industrial-engineering students as well as MBA students, I think this book and the supplementary materials will meet the needs of the intended audiences. I very much applaud Jensen and Bard for keeping the physical book to a reasonable size; I think students are more likely to bring it to class. The authors also made good choices on what to include in the text and what to include on the CD. ... Finally, the separation of models and methods makes the book versatile and makes it a great reference text because one often needs help in formulating a problem or in solving it but does not want to have to sift through material that mixes the two."


Operations Research Models and Methods won a runner-up award in the 2004 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award competition at the University of Texas. Sixty books were nominated from throughout the University community.


Paul Jensen was awarded the 2007 INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of ORMS Practice. The award is partially based on the book and this website.



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Operations Research Models and Methods
by Paul A. Jensen
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