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Title: Returns on investments in Management Sciences: six case studies
Author: Valfer, Ernst S.; Kirby, Malcolm W.; Schwarzbart, Gideon
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-52. Berkeley, Calif.: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Exp. Stn. 14 p.
Station ID: GTR-PSW-052
Description: In 1962, the Management Sciences Staff was organized in Berkeley, Calif., as the internal consultant to the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. From then until 1979, the Staff conducted 41 major studies. Although the rate of implementing recommendations from these studies was high, a more formal self-assessment was considered advisable. The following six case studies with the largest investment were analyzed: size of Ranger Districts, solid waste management, radio telecommunications design and management, computer support systems, ADVENT, and rock aggregates transport. The results suggest that all six studies have proved to be good management investments.
Key Words: cost/benefit analysis, investment analysis, engineering economics, Management Sciences studies, return on investment, research evaluation
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Valfer, Ernst S.; Kirby, Malcolm W.; Schwarzbart, Gideon 1981. Returns on investments in Management Sciences: six case studies Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-52. Berkeley, Calif.: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Exp. Stn. 14 p.
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