Gass, Saul I. School of Business Administration, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland.
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The application of mathematical methods to the study of complex human physical systems. A system is an arrangement or collection of objects that operate together for a common purpose. The objects may include machines (mechanical, electronic, or robotic), humans (individuals, organizations, or societal groups), and physical and biological entities. Everything excluded from a system is considered to be part of the system's environment. A system functions within its environment. Examples of systems include the solar system, a regional ecosystem, a nation's highway system, a corporation's production system, an area's hospital system, and a missile's guidance system. A system is analyzed so as to better understand the relationships and interactions between the objects that compose it and, where possible, to develop and test strategies for managing the system and for improving its outcomes.
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