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ERIC Number: EJ1103428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Decision Making and Systems Thinking: Educational Issues
Yurtseven, M. Kudret; Buchanan, Walter W.
American Journal of Engineering Education, v7 n1 p19-28 Jun 2016
Decision making in most universities is taught within the conventional OR/MS (Operations Research/Management Science) paradigm. This paradigm is known to be "hard" since it is consisted of mathematical tools, and normally suitable for solving structured problems. In complex situations the conventional OR/MS paradigm proves to be inadequate; decisions must be based on systems thinking which provides the decision maker(s) the opportunity to address the problematic situation in its full system context. The aim here is to develop a framework and a new course to teach "decision making through systems thinking" to industrial engineering students. The new course is to be taken after the existing course which covers the traditional OR/MS paradigm. It is believed that such an "extended" framework will help students to improve their skills in handling complex decision situations.
Descriptors: Decision Making, Models, Industrial Education, Engineering Education, Systems Approach, Thinking Skills, Engineering, Holistic Approach, Monte Carlo Methods, Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Operations Research, Management Systems, Universities, Methods, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Cognitive Processes, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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