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< previous page page_37 next page > Page 37 These methodologies assume that the "problem solver" can easily establish objectives in terms of a system(s) in which it is assumed a problem resides. It is also taken for granted that there is little or no dispute about these (a unitary situation). The "system" of concern can often be represented in a quantitative or highly structured model which will simulate performance scenarios under different operational conditions (these models in terms of our first continuum are very often simple). Obviously such methods should only be used when these assumptions hold in relation to "real world" circumstances or needs. Systems analysis, as an example, is usually portrayed as having the following sequence of steps: set an objective or objectives to accomplish;
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undertake assessment of alternative routes by which the objective may be accomplished; make an assessment of the costs or resources required by each route; develop a mathematical model or models to simulate
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2011 for the course MGT 03 taught by Professor Kasra during the Spring '11 term at Tanta University.

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