What is OR?

Operational Research (OR) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions.

By using techniques such as problem structuring methods and mathematical modelling to analyze complex situations, Operational Research gives executives the power to make more effective decisions and build more productive systems.

For example recent international prize finalist studies have included projects relating to: disaster mitigation in the Philippines; the most effective placement of ambulance stations in Sao Paolo; ways of reducing the loss of salmon (because of river barriers) as cost effectively as possible; and optimizing the efficiency of hospital emergency departments.