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OR/MS Implementation in Valle, Colombia, S. A.: A Profile of a Developing Region


  • Ilan Vertinsky

    (University of British Columbia and Tulane University)


The purpose of the study was to explore the processes of diffusion of management science and operation research managerial technologies into industrial organizations in a developing region. The study focused mainly on the impact of cultural and environmental variables on the process of diffusion. Two complementary strategies of research were employed: (1) A community study of organizations in the region, and (2) A longitudinal case study of implementations of OR/MS. The paper presents a profile of OR/MS implementation and managerial innovation in the region. The implications of environmental and organizational infra-structures as well as profiles of attitudes toward the formation of possible implementation and diffusion strategies are analyzed. In addition an inventory of propositions are offered to form a base for future cross-cultural analysis of implementation processes of managerial innovation.

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  • Ilan Vertinsky, 1972. "OR/MS Implementation in Valle, Colombia, S. A.: A Profile of a Developing Region," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 18(6), pages 314-327, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:18:y:1972:i:6:p:b314-b327

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