A systematic review of operations research and management science modeling techniques in the study of higher education institutions

Aghdas Badiee, Mohammad Moshtari, Gemma Berenguer

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Abstract

Higher education institutions (HEIs) in both developed and developing countries are confronted with increasing pressure to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency while contending with diminishing financial resources and austerity measures. Reductions in governmental budgets allocated to HEIs have resulted in decreased investment in research and infrastructure. Concurrently, HEIs are expected by both societies and governments to demonstrate greater economic and social responsibility, actively engage in addressing local and national socioeconomic challenges and adapt their educational programs to the skills and competencies demanded by diverse industries. Against this background, quantitative operations research and management science (OR/MS) modeling techniques can offer support to higher education policymakers, university leadership teams, and other decision-makers to optimize performance, enhance quality, and minimize costs. Based on a systematic literature review, this study sheds light on the use of quantitative OR/MS modeling techniques in the OR/MS and higher education literature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101889
JournalSOCIO-ECONOMIC PLANNING SCIENCES
Volume93
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2024
Publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

Keywords

  • Higher education
  • Management science
  • Operations research
  • Quantitative modeling techniques
  • Systematic literature review
  • University

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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