Simplification Activities in a Network Scheduling Context

By William J. AbernathyJoel S. Demski
1971| Working Paper No. 25

Network scheduling activities are usually addressed in a two stage process of static schedule determination and subsecluent control monitoring. A more complete view combines these two subsets of decisions with information acquisition decisions into a dynamic optimization framework. Such a framework is developed and the familiar static schedule-control process is then interpreted a s a simplification of the more complete dynamic formulation. This provides a framework for highlighting the numerous choices made in specifying the typical two stage process and for evaluating the various choice alternatives. A simulation example illustrates the simplification and its evaluation with the more complete framework.