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Business Optimisation


In this course, students will learn how to use mathematical modelling to support practical business management decisions. The course will give an introduction to the use of the most common modelling techniques for deterministic optimisation, such as linear programming (LP), integer programming (IP), mixed-integer programming (MIP) and nonlinear programming (NLP). Applications of these methods in logistics/operations, strategy, marketing, and finance will be demonstrated through exercises, using state-of-the-art software.

Course content

  • The concept of a mathematical programming model
  • Linear programming models and the importance of linearity
  • How to interpret model output
  • Multi-period planning models
  • Integer and mixed-integer models
  • Good and bad formulations
  • Non-linear models
  • Multi-objective models
  • Heuristics
  • Practical aspects of optimization


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