Monthly Archives: January 2010

Toyota Recall Highlights Risks of Lean Manufacturing

Today’s Wall Street Journal’s Business section has an article analyzing the risks of lean manufacturing, as seen in the recent multi-model recall by Toyota. Unfortunately this article is behind the WSJ’s paywall, but the summary of the article makes an … Continue reading

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Modeling Without Enough Data

The latest The Numbers Guy column of the Wall Street Journal investigates why early predictions of the magnitude of the H1N1 epidemic seem to have been significantly overestimated. Luckily, the swine flu did not turn into the massive epidemic people … Continue reading

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Revenue Management for Online Newspapers

The NY Times has confirmed reports that it will begin charging for frequent access to its online newspaper in January 2011. Readers will be able to read a certain (as yet unspecified) number of articles for free each month and will … Continue reading

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The Right Solution Depends on the Objective

Recently a coworker and I encountered a problem that required meeting two conflicting needs. I am sure everyone runs across something like this: “We need to lower costs and increase quality and reduce production time.” Or as the saying goes:  … Continue reading

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Are Companies Optimizing Innovation?

A highlight of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the latest in the competition between companies such as Samsung and LG to create increasingly thinner flat screen TVs. While these TVs contain new LED technology that can decrease the TV’s … Continue reading

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Welcome to Reflections on Operations Research

Welcome to our blog Reflections on Operations Research. We are Patricia and Robert Randall, management and IT consultants with a passion for Operations Research. After completing our MSs and PhDs in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research, we chose to go into consulting … Continue reading

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