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.

**General/methodology/approach**

**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

**Modelling**

**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.

**Spreadsheets**

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

**Databases**

No idea!

**Forecasting**

*Makridakis, S., Wheelwright, S., and Hyndman (1998) *Forecasting: Methods and

Applications (Third Edition), John Wiley. [from* *Strathclyde outline]

**Project Management**

Colleague recommendations:

Project Management Pocketbook

Escalation in Decision-making: Tragedy of Taurus *Helga Drummond*

**Consultancy**

Colleague recommendations:

Who Moved My Cheese? *S Johnson*

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. *S R Covey*

Organizational Behaviour: An Introductory Text* D Buchanan and A Huczynski*

**Understanding Organizations ***C Handy*

**Statistics**

**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*

**Queuing theory**

No idea!

**Soft methods**

**Rational Analysis for a Problematic World: Problem Structuring Methods for Complexity, Uncertainty and Conflict** *Jonathan Rosenhead*

**Data mining**

**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.*

**Optimisation/LP etc**

[??]

**Software**

**The Little SAS Book: A Primer** *Lora D. Delwiche*

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