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Improving Production Scheduling: Integrating Organizational, Decision-Making, and Problem-Solving Perspectives

Jeffrey W. Herrmann
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Systems Research
University of Maryland


Production scheduling activities are common but complex. This leads to many different views and perspectives of production scheduling. Each perspective has a particular scope, its own set of assumptions, and a different approach to improving production scheduling. This paper covers three important perspectives (the problem-solving perspective, the decision-making perspective, and the organizational perspective) and discusses the methodologies that these perspectives use. Finally, this paper presents an integrative strategy that can be used to select, in a particular setting, an approach for improving production scheduling.

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Copyright Notice: This paper appears in the proceedings of the 2006 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, Florida, May 20-24, 2006. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint or republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the copyright holder.

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