Operations Research with Microsoft Excel


  • General inquisitiveness about Excel modelling


Operations research also called “OR” is a discipline that deals with the development and application of advanced analytical methods to improve decision-making. It is could be considered as a subfield of mathematical sciences and it is also used in management science.

Employing techniques from other mathematical sciences, such as modeling, statistics, and optimization, operations research arrives at optimal or near-optimal solutions to complex decision-making problems. Because of its emphasis on practical applications, operations research has overlap with many other disciplines including but not limited to industrial engineering.

Operations research is often concerned with determining the extreme values of some real-world objective: the maximum values in case of profit, performance, or yield or minimum of loss, risk, or cost. Like many other fields it originated  in military efforts before World War II, its techniques have grown to address the problems in a variety of industries.

In this program I am teaching how to solve operations research problems using Microsoft Excel. This could be transportation problem, assignment problem etc.  I shall be solving two problems here. The relevant Excel spreadsheets which are fully open can be downloaded from here. This course is FREE and shall always remain FREE. I have another course in Udemy having 12 Excel models which is priced.

In this course I shall discuss what is operations research and then explain how the power of Microsoft Excel can be used for solving operations research problems.

Excel has a very powerful engine behind its solver, which will be used for the purpose of solutions given in this course. Solver is more powerful than Goal Seek in Excel.

As this is a FREE course as per Udemy policy assignments and MCQs are not enclosed.

This can be taken by students of operations research and Microsoft Excel of all levels. Happy learning !

Who this course is for:

  • For any one who wants to acquire additional knowledge on Operations Research beyond the text books.
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