WHAT IS MANAGEMENT SCIENCE?

Apply computational methods to organizational decision making
key 
organizing questions:
1. "What's best?" (optimization) 
2. "What's next?" (forecasting)
3. "What if ...?" (modeling & simulation)
4. "What's my best bet?" (decision analysis)

Trouble:
Gap between what is perceived   and   what is desired.

Puzzle:
 artificial structure with:  starting point, 
goalpoint
allowable procedures 

Model:
Craft a puzzle  into a representation of the trouble

Solution:
A puzzle, by definition, has a solution!

Application:
 move from the world of solved puzzles
           to the world of troubles & how to deal with them.