Topics: Systems Theory

In systems theory, operations research is the application of the scientific method by interdisciplinary teams to improve decision making.

Operations research uses the following methodology for problem solving:

  1. Define and understand the problem thoroughly.
  2. Build the mathematical model.
  3. Solve the problem.
  4. Analyse the results.
  5. Verify the results.
  6. Implement the model.

Notice that this is basically the scientific method applied to systems and their problems (cf. Scientific Method in Statistics).