Smith, H.K., Laporte, G. and Harper, P.R.
Locational analysis: highlights of growth to maturity.
[in special issue: Milestones in OR]
Journal of the Operational Research Society, 60, (S1), . (doi:10.1057/jors.2008.172).
Locational analysis has grown to maturity over the last decades, from its earliest roots, to fruitfulness in a wide-ranging number of strands that join with other disciplines and applications such as environmental planning and supply chain management. We chart the progress of location theory in three stages: a period of early contributions, when a number of seminal geometrical and geographical problems were studied; a “coming of age” with the development of defining or classical problems that have proved fundamental to much later research and a third period of new models and new applications
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