Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems. 86. Symposium on the Theory of Scheduling and Its Applications,
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV RALEIGH OPERATIONS RESEARCH
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The theory of scheduling is receiving increased emphasis in research and practice for at least three good reasons. First, the management of large scale projects resolves itself, in the final analysis, into problems of scheduling interacting activities subject to limited resources. Second, a great deal of fat that used to exist in the past in production, distribution, and service systems is eliminated, thanks to tighter managerial controls in information systems. in financial management, in logistics, and in many other facets of industrial enterprises and military installations. Tighter scheduling methods are therefore called for. Third, the study of scheduling problems involves the study of combinatorial problems and optimization over discrete spaces which represent a radical, and interesting, departure from classical mathematics.
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