We have long been concerned that traditional management science textbooks have taken the wrong approach in introducing business students to this exciting field. The mathematics and algorithms of the field are easy to teach, but difficult to learn. Worse, they are largely irrelevant to business students aspiring to become managers. Computers compute. Managers make decisions. There is no good reason why managers should know the details of algorithms exeuted by computers. Within the time constraints of a one-term management science course, there are far more important lessons to be learned by a future manager.
Hillier, F., Hillier, M., & Lieberman, G. (2000). Introduction to Management Science: A Modeling & Case Studies Approach. McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
Hillier, F., & Hillier, M. (2007). Introduction to Management Science: a modelling and case study approach (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill/Irwin.