Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, Eight Volume Set
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The Encyclopedia received the 2011 RUSA Award for Outstanding Business Reference Source


The Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science is the first multi-volume encyclopedia devoted to advancing the areas of operations research and management science. The Encyclopedia is available online and in print.

The Encyclopedia was honored with the distinction of an "Outstanding Business Reference Source" by the Reference and User Services Association


Designed to be a mainstay for students and professionals alike, the Encyclopedia features four types of articles at varying levels written by diverse, international contributors.

• Introductory articles provide a broad and moderately technical treatment of core topics.

• Advanced articles review key areas of research in a citation-rich format similar to that of leading review journals.

• Technical articles provide more detailed discussions of key concepts addressed in related articles.

• Case Studies/Historical Interludes present successful and/or interesting examples of operations research and management science methodology in practical or historical contexts.


• Offers the only cohesive multi-volume reference devoted to operations research and management science theory, methodology, and applications

• Includes over 600 articles with contributions from over 1,000 authors from 45 countries.

• Features an Editorial Board comprised of experts in the field who have vast experience in academia, industry, and government

• Designed to make the content useful and accessible to the widest possible readership

• Provides practical tools to maximize benefits and minimize cost and risk


James J. Cochran, PhD, is Ruston Building and Loan Endowed Research Professor of Quantitative Analysis and Computational Modeling and Senior Scientist/Analytic Group Director in the Center for Secure Cyberspace at Louisiana Tech University.

Louis A. Cox, PhD, is President of Cox Associates, a Denver-based applied research company specializing in applied health risk analysis, statistical and probabilistic risk assessment and data mining, and operations research modeling. He is also Honorary Full Professor of Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Pinar Keskinocak, PhD, is Associate Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the co-director and co-founder of the Center for Humanitarian Logistics at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jeffrey P. Kharoufeh, PhD,is?Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

J. Cole Smith, PhD, is Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida.


Use of Lagrange Interpolating Polynomials in RLT.

Systems in Series.

Parallel Configurations.

Spanning trees.


Split Cuts.

Retrial Queues.

Horse Racing.

MACBETH (Measuring Attractiveness by a Categorical Based Evaluation Technique).

Dual simplex.

History of CP.

Procurement Contracts.


Just in Time.

Push and Pull Production.


Operational Research Society.

  The M/G/1 Queue.

Drama Theory.


Antithetic Variates.


Edgeworth market games.

Operational Risk.

Queueing Notation.

Environmental impact.

Why variance is not risk.

Conjugate gradient methods.

Birth-and-Death Processes.

Surgery Planning and Scheduling.

Large-scale linear models.

Standby Systems.



Age Replacement Policies.

PASTA and Related Results.

Collaborative Procurement.

LP projection algorithms.

R&D risk management.


Vendor-Managed Inventory.

Gomory Cuts.

Travel demand modeling.

System Availability.

Infinite horizon problems.


Bayesian Network Classifiers.

Integer Programming Duality.

Queueing Disciplines.

Stakeholder participation.

Models and Basic Properties.

Parametric LP analysis.

Operations Research and Golfing.

Ice Hockey.


Finite-Population Models.

Batch Arrivals and Service.

Optimal Monitoring Strategies.

Basic Polyhedral Theory.

Operations Research and Art.

Managing portfolios of risks.

Measures of risk equity.

Branch and Bound Algorithms.

Analytics in Retail.

Variational Inequalities.

Cross-Entropy Method.

TSP heuristics.

Capacity allocation.

Control Variates.

Cover Inequalities.

Direct Search Methods.

NLP Software.

Bilinear optimization.

Discrete-Time Martingales.

Branch and Price.

Column generation.

IP Preprocessing.

Optimal Reliability Allocation.

Simplex-based LP solvers.

Instance Formats.

Clique generalizations.

Availability in Stochastic Models.

Evolutionary Algorithms.

Basic CP theory: Search.


Branch and Cut.

Memetic Algorithms.

Urban mass transit.

Coherent Systems.

Subgradient optimization.

Klimov’s Model.

Credit risk assessment.

Branch-width and Tangles.

Stochastic Hazard Process.

Deterministic Global Optimization.

Multistage (stochastic) games.

Basis Reduction Methods.


Genetic Algorithms.

Newsvendor models.

Parallel Systems.

Opportunities in Tennis.

Job-shop scheduling.

Simplex method and complexity.

Geometric programming.

Evacuation Planning.

The Performance?

Allocation Games.

Scenario Generation.

Robustness Analysis.

Dynamic auctions.

Neuroeconomics and game theory.

Common Random Numbers.

Selective Support Vector Machines.

Semi-Markov Processes.

Risk Averse Models.

Sampling Methods.

Domination problems.

Simulation of Rare Events.

Introduction to Tabu Search.

Basic Interdiction Models.

Introductory Concepts.


PAUSE procedure.

Wardrop equilibria.

Mass customization.

Ellipsoidal algorithms.

Benders decomposition.

Dynamic vehicle routing.

Warranty Modeling.

Design for Network Resiliency.

Passenger rail transportation.

Vehicle Routing Problem.

Supply Chain Outsourcing.

Lovasz-Schriver Reformulation.

Hazard Rate Function.


Differential games.

Regenerative Processes.

Guided Local Search.

Preferences for repeated gambles.

Percolation Theory.

Simulated Annealing.

Scoring Rules.

Mixing Sets.


Prospect Theory.

Combining Forecasts.

Graph search techniques.

Quasi-Newton methods.

Random search algorithms.

Supply chain coordination.

Service Outsourcing.

Markov Renewal Processes.

K-out-of-n Systems.


“It can be highly recommended to students, scientists working in the area of Operations Research and Management Science as well as to practitioners using those topics in applications.”  (Optimization, 1 January 2013) 

“As a resource for courses, teams of researchers, for ideas for future research, for those interested in numerical methods looking for professional applications, as an amalgamof clear discussion and linked numerical display, this encyclopaedia is hard to beat.”  (Reference Reviews, 2012)

"Good quality reference books on the operational aspects of business organizations are surprisingly difficult to find. But we recently added one that we hope will prove very useful. The Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science (EORMS) is the first multi-volume encyclopedia devoted to advancing the areas of operations research and management science ... Take advantage of this very sophisticated encyclopedia when you are looking for basic background information on a wide variety of topics related to operations research and management science theory, methodology, and applications." (Mildred F Sawyer Library Blog, 21 April 2011)

"The Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science brings together hundreds of specific examples of theories and applied research, and serves as a reference manual for academic researchers, advanced students , and professionals working in the field who wish to utilize a particular theory of to find seminal research in the fields of operations research and management science." (Van Houlson & Nathan Rupp, 2011 Outstanding Business Reference Sources, The Reference and User Services Association, 22 January 2012)

"This encyclopedia provides an overview of many areas of operations research, management science, and their applications…the individual articles were written and peer-reviewed by experts in their respective areas, and many of the contributions are extremely thorough and authoritative.” (Choice, 1 September 2011)

"Highly recommended for universities,  businesses with OR/MS or analytics departments, and other large groups that need a comprehensive OR/MS reference in a central location." (Interfaces, Nov/Dec 2011)

"It is not possible to go into the details of the papers here, but reading the encyclopaedia is very interesting; each reader will find new ideas, new information and a huge number of interesting results and comments for his/her work." (Taylor and Francis 2016)