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Managers' uses of models

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  • Simon, Leonard S
  • Lamar, Charles
  • Haines, George H

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This paper argues that management scientists need to understand how models are used by managers and correspondingly apply appropriate criteria to their own efforts. Types of models used by managers are discussed. Then an example is presented of how such understanding can be used to evaluate the worth of formal analysis. The evidence points to patterns of quite different inquiry and response by managers than have typically been envisioned by management scientists.

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  • Simon, Leonard S & Lamar, Charles & Haines, George H, 1976. "Managers' uses of models," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 253-264.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:4:y:1976:i:3:p:253-264
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