Importance Of Operations Research

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As an aspiring Industrial Engineer one field that is of particular interest to me as an individual is Operations Research (OR). Operations Research is the application of scientific principles to business management, which provides a quantitative basis for complex decision-making. I’ll introduce why I chose this particular field and how a conversation on ethics is warranted through explanation of the extent of OR methodologies and the impact of the decisions made by these researchers. Think of OR as a highly technical consulting niche, which deals with discovering optimal solutions using specific tools. Consultants in this field run into a variety of ethical issues. Constantly moving from project to project, each problem they encounter is …show more content…
Perhaps it’s not even ethical to develop and rely on such a safety net. Furthermore, I do not doubt the thoroughness of the model in question. It even went so far as to include a stochastic submodel (or Poisson model) that simulates human processes (Mora, 64). For example, if after a thousand years people have forgotten about the plant and start digging for precious metals in the area. While an impressive fact that such a measurement was modeled, how does one slap a number on the probability of or significance of it? These are the type of technical details that in my eyes cannot be feasibly regulated or applied as a general guideline. There will always come several points where a decision or set of decisions is left up to the discretion of a group of OR researchers. This merely hints at the importance of the ethical decision making of OR researchers.
Since it has been established that these safety nets are necessitated by human society, the ethical decision-making lies in how big to make the spaces in the net. Some of the largest of these can be seen whenever proposals for engineering projects are driven by human emotion. A terrible flood in the Dutch province known as Zeeland took the lives of 2,000 people in 1953. It was not until years later a proposal for a storm surge barrier across the Easter Scheldt estuary was brought to the table (Pellin,

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