Accession Number : AD0738887

Title :   Integrated Planning Systems.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : MOORE SCHOOL OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING PHILADELPHIA PA

Personal Author(s) : Blanning,Robert W.

Report Date : DEC 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 299

Abstract : Many organizations have developed computerized management information systems at the middle levels to help managers prepare subplans. The purpose of the report is to investigate the ways in which a Central Authority - responsible for the preparation of a plan - may integrate the subplans to produce a plan that is consistent and appropriate to the objectives of the organization as a whole. The emphasis is on an iterative process in which the Central Authority dispatches a message to the subplanners at the lower levels, analyzes their responses, and either dispatches a new message or terminates the process and prepares a plan. The early chapters distinguish strategic from tactical planning and suggest iterative procedures appropriate to each. The later chapters illustrate some of these procedures; suggest how the Central Authority may use them to control the lower-level planning processes; and discuss the possible applications of integrated planning and the implications for computer scientists, management scientists, and managers. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL), ORGANIZATIONS, ITERATIONS, DATA PROCESSING

Subject Categories : Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE