Decision support for Foodbank South Africa


Show simple item record Watson, N M Stewart, T J Scott, L 2016-04-25T08:51:50Z 2016-04-25T08:51:50Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation Watson, N. M., Stewart, T. J., & Scott, L. (2014). Decision support for Foodbank South Africa. ORiON, 30(1), 1-18. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0529-191X en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This paper employs a combined 'soft-hard' OR approach to aid decision making in the area of allocation at a not-for-profit organization, Foodbank South Africa (FBSA), that represents the largest hunger-relief network in South Africa. Two problem-structuring tools, causal mapping and root definitions (RDs) are utilized. Causal mapping is used to identify areas for useful research within FBSA, and gain a greater understanding of the organization in terms of its goals and consequently a good appreciation of the context in which decisions are made. Root definitions are employed to acquire a better understanding of the 'decision-issues' within the allocation system at the Cape Town warehouse. A simulation model is developed to imitate daily allocation decisions, with the end-objective of assisting decision-making by developing a range of allocation policies. A decision support system (DSS) is developed to help FBSA manage their agency database, automate some of the daily allocation decisions and simulate allocation policies. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Operations Research Society of South Africa en_ZA
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) *
dc.rights.uri en_ZA
dc.source Orion: Journal of the Operations Research of South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject.other Cognitive/causal mapping
dc.subject.other Foodbanking
dc.subject.other Operational Research for development
dc.subject.other problem-structuring
dc.subject.other root definition
dc.subject.other simulation
dc.subject.other decision support system
dc.title Decision support for Foodbank South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA 2016-04-25T08:00:56Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article 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
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