Management Science, Operations Research and Project Management


pmwj40-Nov2015-Gao-BOOKBook Title:   Management Science, Operations Research and Project Management: Modeling, Evaluation, Scheduling, Monitoring
Author: Jose Ramón San Cristóbal Mateo, PhD
Publisher: Gower Applied Business Research
List Price:   $124.95     Format: Hard Cover
Publication Date:   2015     ISBN: 978-1-4724-2643-7
Reviewer:     Jack Gao, PhD
Review Date: October 2015


This book combines Management Science, Operations Research Discipline modelling, Evaluation, Scheduling and Monitoring techniques with project management theories and methodologies to lay down the foundation for further multi-disciplinary research and expand the Project Management Body of Knowledge.

It applies modern modelling techniques such as Network Models, Multi-Objective Decision-Making Models, Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Models, Forecasting Models, Simulation Models, Markov Models and Operations Research quantitative techniques such as Game Theory, Dynamic Programming, and Data Envelopment Analysis to Project Management Practices.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book organizes chapters by model types and quantitative techniques. Each chapter has summary, project management related process and activities flow chart, Mathematical Model and Formula, Data Tables, and applications of these models and quantitative techniques.

Most of chapters have real world data, chart, and example to demonstrate how to apply these models and quantitative techniques to project management concepts and practices.


The book emphasizes quantitative approaches in project management practices through the development of models and algorithms. Especially, it applies these models and techniques to big size, long term projects which involve many variables and multiple phase decision making, and it helps project managers redesign their project and program processes and models.

Project managers need formal training in decision-making but sometimes, they do not have enough knowledge of Operations Research or lack a guide book for how to form a mathematical model for their project cost and operation models such as minimizing total project costs, meeting contracted project phase completion dates, and ensuring that activities achieve certain quality level. This book provides project managers with the tools and methods necessary to make sound decisions and manage projects successfully.

The author has added valuable insights to the body of knowledge dealing with the optimization of the project management.


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About the Reviewer

pmwj40-Nov2015-Gao-PHOTOJack Gao

Texas, USA




Jack Gao has a PhD in Operations Research and Management Sciences from the University of Iowa in the United States. He has had serveral publications in Management Science and Operation Research Conferences. He is an active PMI member and certified PMP project manager. Currently he is CEO of Netstar Systems LLP, an IT consulting firm.

Email address: [email protected]


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