MANAGEMENT AND THE SYSTEMS ANALYSIS MYSTIQUE
ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND ALEXANDRIA VA
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It has become evident to most managers that a capability in systems analysis is a prerequisite of success. Not only is systems analysis useful in decision making and problem solving, but it has become the leading buzzword of the day. This can be seen by the fame or notoriety of the DOD systems analysis group developed by Robert McNamara, the fact that the management science groups of most universities stress systems analysis in their brochures, and the salary wars being waged to hire systems analysts. This paper is designed to penetrate the mystique which surrounds systems analysis. In addition to defining systems analysis, the advantages and limitations of this technique are discussed, a general purpose methodology is developed, and a description of one application of the methodology is provided.
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Operations Research