Management Science and Operations Research – A Book Review
Management Science, Operations Research and Project Management is a perfect blend of scientific research and its practical applications in efficient and successful project management. It addresses the need of project managers to face numerous challenges in an intricate global setup and provides them with effective tools and methods required to make sensible decisions. The book outlines various models required for project management with detailed illustrations, and serves both practical and educational purpose.
The new edition of the book in hardcover contains 220 pages. It was published on 28th February, 2015 by Gower Pub Co. The front cover has a picture of a city lights landscape in pleasant tones of blue. ISBN-10: 1472426436; ISBN-13: 978-1472426437
This book is a must read for anyone in a position to influence project management decisions in an organization including the team members, project leaders, and organizational heads. It is of significance to even educators who can use the material as a guide to aid in academics. The illustrations and the engaging text make it easy to read and understand the subject matter.
What Customers Say
Malek (Amazon) of the University of North Florida, USA describes the book as a timely and factual analysis of the topic of project management that provides an in-depth knowledge for an educator to use as an effective tool for academic purposes. He considers the book to be a useful and accessible presentation of facts in an innovative and engaging manner.
Content, Approach, Style
Management Science, Operations Research and Project Management is divided into 9 neat parts, each elaborating on various models on topics such as Network, Dynamic Programming, Multi-Objective Decision-Making, Forecasting, Simulation, Multi-Criteria Decision Making, Markov, Game Theory, and Data Envelopment Analysis. The book starts by introducing the basics of project management with an overview of how management science and operations research play central roles in the process of effective project management.
Each of the chapters offers in-depth knowledge on Modeling, Evaluation, Scheduling, and Monitoring of key elements instrumental in facing and overcoming various challenges faced by project managers. The content is illustrated with ample figures and tables to drive home the importance of each of the topics discussed in the book.
Why Buy the Book
According to the author, project management is crucial to modern governance of organizations, both private and public. While Management Science focuses on quantitative analysis and the soft skills required for the successful management of projects, Operations Research offers the requisite scientific support to the process through the development of algorithms. This book is a perfect synchronization of both scientific research and its practical approach to project management. It effectively breaks down the complex subject matter into readable bits of information and knowledge.
Books that Complement
Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn, the founder of Mountain Goat Software, provides a deeper understanding of the modern agile methods used by project managers to make a smooth and successful transition to software development.
If you are interested in learning the inner workings of project management, Making Things Happen by Scott Berkun is an insightful book about the effective application of skills, people, their attitudes, and tactics to face challenges in an efficient manner.
Jose San Cristobal holds a PhD in Marine Sciences and is an expert in the field of Management Sciences and Operational Research. He has authored two books and several papers. He holds the position of Senior Lecturer and is also the Head of Nautical Sciences at Escuela Tecnica Superior de Nautica at the University of Cantabria in Spain.