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This is a letter written by Peter Drucker for Harold Smiddy. He writes to express how clearly Smiddy makes the distinction between "OR&S at GE", and "Operations Research" at the Case Institute and Arthur D. Little. Drucker explains, what he feels, is and is not scientific about "Operations Research". He emphasizes that even though OR&S uses some of the same tools as other types of work, "as both electrician and carpenter use screwdrivers", it is still a unique concept. This letter contains edits.
Drucker, Peter F. (Peter Ferdinand), 1909-2005 Smiddy, Harold F., 1900-1978 General Electric Company Operations research Arthur D. Little Foundation Case Institute of Technology Society for Advancement of Management Operations Research and Synthesis Hurni, Melvin L
Copy of letter: Letter from Peter Drucker to Harold Smiddy, September 30, 1955; Courtesy of the Nova Southeastern University Archives; Box 38; Folder 6 Smiddy, H. - Correspondence 1954-1958; 2 pages