The purpose of this course is to provide exposure to a number of different modeling techniques that are used in operations management, developing your skill both in building models and interpreting the output of these decision tools. Although the emphasis of this course is on operations, the tools that we will discuss have practical applications in a wide variety of functional areas, including marketing, finance and human resource management. Specific modeling concepts considered are:
Time series regression for forecasting with seasonality adjustments
Linear and non-linear optimization
Discrete event simulation
Business models (regression + optimization or simulation + optimization) for decision-making
The objective is not to create expert mathematicians; we will discuss the theoretical underpinnings of these techniques only as needed. Rather, the emphasis is on assessing the applicability of these tools in practical situations. Additional cases are available to students who want extra practice material in disciplines such as finance and marketing.