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Operations research in Sweden


  • Rapp, B


Operations Research (OR) became a concept in Sweden in the early 1950s. Some of the factors and activities related to the growth of OR in Sweden are discussed in this article. The OR concept used in this article corresponds to the overall approach of SORA, the Swedish Operations Research Association. The development of OR is followed in different organizations, such as SORA, FOA (National Defense Research Institute) and universities and industries in Sweden. It is shown that FOA has played a fundamental role in Swedish OR as both a pioneer and user. SORA has always tried to maintain strong international contacts, which are probably a guarantee for a dynamic OR concept. There is no chair in OR in Sweden and thus no unique view of OR at universities today. Mathematical departments may have a more traditional view of OR, while business economists may use quantitative methods without mentioning the word OR.

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  • Rapp, B, 1988. "Operations research in Sweden," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 189-195.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:16:y:1988:i:3:p:189-195

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