Realist Hive: What is real about operational research? With Sean Manzi
|An Exeter Medical School seminar|
|Date||29 June 2016|
|Place||South Cloisters 1.23|
We have the delightful Sean Manzi from PenCHORD for the next Realist Hive. No booking required.
What is real about operational research? With Sean Manzi
As someone who is relatively new to the world of operational research I was confused by the lesser consideration of what underpins the discipline than some other disciplines. Some might say “Well it is the scientific method of course” and in a loose question-avoiding way that is right, but my response would be “Which scientific method?”
In this Realist Hive session I will first briefly introduce the discipline of operational research. I will ask some difficult questions of the way operational research considers how it conducts research and why it is done that way. I will open the discussion out to everyone to ask ‘Is operational research a good example of the realist philosophy of science in action?’ We will likely need to go beyond this question to examine ‘Why should we consider philosophies of science at all? Do we need them?’ and ‘How do we decide just which philosophy should underpin our research?’
Operational research, due to its lack of strong philosophical underpinning makes a good space to examine these fundamental questions of research. My hope is that this will be a provocative discussion which enables people to reflect on their own practices and beliefs.
No prior understanding of operational research or realism is required to attend this talk! In fact I implore you to attend especially if you do not know much about these topics and even more so if you take issue with any of the questions proposed above.
This will be a lively and welcoming debate; I look forward to seeing you there.