Celebrating 50-years of OR in South Africa – a Bibliometric Analysis of contributions to International OR Literature

  • Hans Ittmann University of Johannesburg and HWI Consulting


The Operations Research Society of South Africa (ORSSA), the first Operations Research (OR) society in Africa, celebrated its 50th anniversary at its annual conference in 2019. To commemorate the occasion a book, covering the history of the society, was launched at the conference. One area that was not covered in this book was the contribution of South Africans to the international OR literature. This paper endeavors to fill that void through a bibliographic analysis of papers published by South Africans over the 50-year period. A list of over 100 journals were used for this analysis. General empirical results are derived while a visual analysis of top author research networks is presented. The analysis demonstrates the contribution to the international OR/MS knowledge base of a small but vibrant national OR society at the most southern point of Africa.


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Hans Ittmann, University of Johannesburg and HWI Consulting
Fields of Specialisation: Decision support, supply chain management, operations research for development.
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