Developing decision support for Foodbank South Africa's allocation system: an application of operational research techniques to aid decision-making at a not-for-profit organization

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Stewart, Theodor J en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Scott, Leanne en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Watson, Neil Mark en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-08T19:57:03Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-08T19:57:03Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Watson, N. 2011. Developing decision support for Foodbank South Africa's allocation system: an application of operational research techniques to aid decision-making at a not-for-profit organization. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/11775
dc.description.abstract There is a dearth of research on the application of hard Operational Research (OR) techniques (simulation, linear programming, goal programming, etc.) in determining optimal ordering, inventory and allocation policies for goods within distribution systems in developing countries. This study aims to assist decision making at a not-for-profit organization (NPO), Foodbank South Africa (FBSA), within its allocation system through a combined ‘soft-hard’ OR approach. Two problem-structuring tools (soft OR), Causal Mapping (CM) and Soft System Methodology’s Root Definitions (RDs), are used to structure the organization's goals (in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the decision-context) and gain a better understanding of the ‘decision-issues’ in the allocation system at its Cape Town warehouse. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Operational Research for Development en_ZA
dc.title Developing decision support for Foodbank South Africa's allocation system: an application of operational research techniques to aid decision-making at a not-for-profit organization en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Statistical Sciences en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Watson, N. M. (2011). <i>Developing decision support for Foodbank South Africa's allocation system: an application of operational research techniques to aid decision-making at a not-for-profit organization</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Statistical Sciences. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/11775 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Watson, Neil Mark. <i>"Developing decision support for Foodbank South Africa's allocation system: an application of operational research techniques to aid decision-making at a not-for-profit organization."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Statistical Sciences, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/11775 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Watson NM. Developing decision support for Foodbank South Africa's allocation system: an application of operational research techniques to aid decision-making at a not-for-profit organization. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Statistical Sciences, 2011 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/11775 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Watson, Neil Mark AB - There is a dearth of research on the application of hard Operational Research (OR) techniques (simulation, linear programming, goal programming, etc.) in determining optimal ordering, inventory and allocation policies for goods within distribution systems in developing countries. This study aims to assist decision making at a not-for-profit organization (NPO), Foodbank South Africa (FBSA), within its allocation system through a combined ‘soft-hard’ OR approach. Two problem-structuring tools (soft OR), Causal Mapping (CM) and Soft System Methodology’s Root Definitions (RDs), are used to structure the organization's goals (in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the decision-context) and gain a better understanding of the ‘decision-issues’ in the allocation system at its Cape Town warehouse. DA - 2011 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2011 T1 - Developing decision support for Foodbank South Africa's allocation system: an application of operational research techniques to aid decision-making at a not-for-profit organization TI - Developing decision support for Foodbank South Africa's allocation system: an application of operational research techniques to aid decision-making at a not-for-profit organization UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/11775 ER - en_ZA


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