Professor David C. Lane invited speaker at Operational Research Society special interest group
23 March 2015
David C. Lane, Professor of Business Informatics at Henley Business School, was an invited speaker at the launch of an Operational Research Society special interest group which aims to apply behavioural concepts to the theory and practice of OR. Prof Lane discussed the use of System Dynamics modelling as a tool to explore behavioural effects in the context of public policy.
David C. Lane FORS, Professor of Business Informatics at Henley Business School, was an invited speaker when the Operational Research Society launched a ‘Special Interest Group’ in December 2014 centred on the topic of ‘behavioural OR’. The aim of the initiative is to explore ways in which behavioural concepts might be applied to the theory and practice of OR. The launch event was held at the Department of Health building, Skipton House, in London, and hosted by Tony O’Connor, Senior Analytical Strategist, Department of Health and Chair of the Government Operational Research Service (GORS).
Prof Lane discussed various ways in which the qualitative mapping tools of System Dynamics modelling could be used to elicit, represent and explore behavioural effects in the context of public policy. He described how one benefit of using System Dynamics tools is their encouragement of discussion regarding possible ‘unanticipated consequences’ of policies under consideration, for example, policy consequences for staff behaviours such as motivation and retention.
Other speakers at the event were: Geoff Royston (formerly Head of Operational Research at the Department of Health and immediate Past President of the OR Society), Konstantinos Katsikopoulos (Max Planck Institute, Berlin), Dave Buxton (Decision Labs), Max Moullin (Public Sector Scorecard Research Centre and University of Sheffield) and Sally Brailsford (University of Southampton).
The event was attended by policy analysts from the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors.
For further information about the ORS SIG see: