Careers in O.R.
Further Information
This section provides additional sources for those wishing to pursue a career in O.R. Clearly, your level of interest in job seeking will depend on whether you are now at school, in further or higher education or in employment.

The following sources of further information about careers in O.R. are suggested:

  • University/college careers advisory service or school careers advisory staff as appropriate
  • Advertisements in the national press and in Inside OR (supplied free to all members of The OR Society). The OR newsletter is, by far, the best source of O.R. job advertisements in the UK. 
  • Prospects graduate careers website - Operational Researcher job description.
  • For a useful brochure on O.R. in all government departments with contact details of people who can supply more detailed information about the types of work undertaken, visit: www.operational-research.gov.uk/

The OR Society maintains a list of organisations which, from time to time, recruit graduates. The list is available to Members of the Society in the Members’ Enclosure of the website.

Student Members are also able to place their CVs onto the Society’s website which is visited by employers and recruitment consultants.

For details on Student Membership of the Society and an application form, please visit The OR Society's membership pages or contact:

The OR Society, Seymour House, 12 Edward Street, Birmingham B1 2RX. Telephone 0121 233 9300, Fax 0121 233 0321, e-mail: carol.smith@theorsociety.com


Basic Introductions, Overviews of OR

  • Pidd, M Tools for thinking (2nd Edition) (Wiley 2003)
  • Oakshott, L Business Modelling and Simulation (Pitman Publishing 1997)
  • Morris, C Quantitative Approaches in Business Studies (Prentice Hall 2003)
  • Goldratt E and Cox J The Goal (North River Press, 1984)
  • Wyndham J, Eastaway R, Rice T Why Do Buses Come in Threes?: The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life (Robson 2005)
  • Rivett, P The Craft of Decision Modelling (Wiley 1994)
  • Daellenbach, HG Systems and Decision Making (Wiley 1994)
  • Mitchell, G The Practice of Operational Research (Wiley 1993) 

Textbooks used in OR courses covering a range of topics

  • Anderson DR, Sweeney DJ, Williams TA An introduction to management science: quantitative approaches to decision making (Thomson South-Western, 2007)
  • Hillier FS, Hillier MS, Lieberman GJ Introduction to Management science: a modeling and case studies approach with spreadsheets. (Irwin/McGraw-Hill, 2000)
  • Winston WL Operations Research: Application and Algorithms (with CD) (Thomson Press, 2003)


  • Brooks, R, Robinson, S, Lewis C Simulation and inventory Control (Palgrave, 2001)
  • Bryant, J Problem Management: a guide for producers and players (Wiley, 1992)
  • Friend, J and Hickling, A Planning Under Pressure: the Strategic Choice Approach, second edition (Butterworth – Heinemann, Oxford 1997)
  • Rosenhead, J (Ed) and Mingers, J (Ed) Rational Analysis for a Problematic World Revisited (Wiley 2001)
  • Wilson , B Systems: Concepts, Methodologies and Applications (2nd Edition) (Wiley 1990)
  • Wisniewski, M Klein JH Critical Path Analysis and Linear Programming (Palgrave 2001)
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