Operational Research: methods and applications

Fotios Petropoulos, Gilbert Laporte, Emel Aktas, Sibel A. Alumur, Claudia Archetti, Hayriye Ayhan, Maria Battarra, Julia A. Bennell, Jean Marie Bourjolly, John E. Boylan, Michèle Breton, David Canca, Laurent Charlin, Bo Chen, Cihan Tugrul Cicek, Louis Anthony Cox, Christine S.M. Currie, Erik Demeulemeester, Li Ding, Stephen M. DisneyMatthias Ehrgott, Martin J. Eppler, Güneş Erdoğan, Bernard Fortz, L. Alberto Franco, Jens Frische, Salvatore Greco, Amanda J. Gregory, Raimo P. Hämäläinen, Willy Herroelen, Mike Hewitt, Jan Holmström, John N. Hooker, Tuğçe Işık, Jill Johnes, Bahar Y. Kara, Özlem Karsu, Katherine Kent, Charlotte Köhler, Martin Kunc, Yong Hong Kuo, Adam N. Letchford, Janny Leung, Dong Li, Haitao Li, Judit Lienert, Ivana Ljubić, Andrea Lodi, Sebastián Lozano, Virginie Lurkin, Silvano Martello, Ian G. McHale, Gerald Midgley, John D.W. Morecroft, Akshay Mutha, Ceyda Oğuz, Sanja Petrovic, Ulrich Pferschy, Harilaos N. Psaraftis, Sam Rose, Lauri Saarinen, Said Salhi, Jing Sheng Song, Dimitrios Sotiros, Kathryn E. Stecke, Arne K. Strauss, İstenç Tarhan, Clemens Thielen, Paolo Toth, Tom Van Woensel, Greet Vanden Berghe, Christos Vasilakis, Vikrant Vaze, Daniele Vigo, Kai Virtanen, Xun Wang, Rafał Weron, Leroy White, Mike Yearworth, E. Alper Yıldırım, Georges Zaccour, Xuying Zhao

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Throughout its history, Operational Research has evolved to include methods, models and algorithms that have been applied to a wide range of contexts. This encyclopedic article consists of two main sections: methods and applications. The first summarises the up-to-date knowledge and provides an overview of the state-of-the-art methods and key developments in the various subdomains of the field. The second offers a wide-ranging list of areas where Operational Research has been applied. The article is meant to be read in a nonlinear fashion and used as a point of reference by a diverse pool of readers: academics, researchers, students, and practitioners. The entries within the methods and applications sections are presented in alphabetical order. The authors dedicate this paper to the 2023 Turkey/Syria earthquake victims. We sincerely hope that advances in OR will play a role towards minimising the pain and suffering caused by this and future catastrophes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-617
Number of pages195
JournalJournal of the Operational Research Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2024


  • Review
  • decision making
  • encyclopedia
  • models
  • optimisation
  • practice
  • principles
  • programming
  • simulation
  • systems
  • theory


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