The list below is drawn from various sources and organised according to categories that seem to be useful in practice. The items in bold are ones I feel able to endorse, having used them myself. I think Tools for thinking, Mike Pidd would be a good place to start as an overview of modern practitioners’ OR, and you can an earlier edition for £2-81 on Amazon. The Pleasures of Counting T. W. Körner is an excellent book for background/inspiration, but may be difficult to get hold of cheaply.
The Pleasures of Counting T. W. Körner
The Art of Problem Solving: Accompanied by Ackoff’s Fables Russell L. Ackoff
Tools for thinking, Mike Pidd is a good introduction to modern practitioners’ OR
Books from Geoff Royston
Systems Modelling: Theory and Practice Michael Pidd
Sterman J (2000) Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex
World, McGraw-Hill [from Strathclyde outline]
M. Pidd (1992) Computer Simulation for Management Science, 3rd edition, Wiley.
From Strathclyde outline:
Walkenbach J and Pieterse JK (2007) Excel 2007 VBA Programming For Dummies, ISBN:978-0-470-04674-6
Stephan L, Berenson K (2002) Statistics for Managers: Using Microsoft Excel, Prentice Hall
Makridakis, S., Wheelwright, S., and Hyndman (1998) Forecasting: Methods and
Applications (Third Edition), John Wiley. [from Strathclyde outline]
Project Management Pocketbook
Escalation in Decision-making: Tragedy of Taurus Helga Drummond
Who Moved My Cheese?
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
S R Covey
Organizational Behaviour: An Introductory Text D Buchanan and A Huczynski
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Edward R. Tufte
Problem Solving: A Statistician’s Guide (Chapman & Hall Statistics Text… (edition 1988) by Christopher Chatfield
Draper NR and Smith H (1998) Applied Regression Analysis, Wiley Interscience. [believed to be the standard reference; from Strathclyde outline]
Multivariate Data Analysis
by Joseph F. Hair, William Black, Rolph E. Anderson, Ronald L. Tatham
Sampling Techniques (Probability & Mathematical Statistics) (original 1977; edition 1977) by William G. Cochran
Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis (Wiley Series in Probability & Statistics: Probability Section) by Alan Agresti
Rational Analysis for a Problematic World: Problem Structuring Methods for Complexity, Uncertainty and Conflict Jonathan Rosenhead
Credit Scoring and Its Applications (Monographs on Mathematical Modeling & Computation) Lyn C. Thomas
Decision analysis/decision trees
From Strathclyde outline:
R.L. Keeney, H. Raiffa: Decisions with multiple objectives-preferences and value tradeoffs, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge & New York, 1993.
Valerie Belton, Theodor J. Stewart, Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis: An Integrated Approach Springer, 2002.
The Little SAS Book: A Primer Lora D. Delwiche