An Optimal Control Approach to Manpower Planning Problem

Heung Wing Joseph Lee, X. Q. Cai, K. L. Teo

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A manpower planning problem is studied in this paper. The model includes scheduling different types of workers over different tasks, employing and terminating different types of workers, and assigning different types of workers to various trainning programmes. The aim is to find an optimal way to do all these while keeping the time-varying demand for minimum number of workers working on each different tasks satisfied. The problem is posed as an optimal discrete-valued control problem in discrete time. A novel numerical scheme is proposed to solve the problem, and an illustrative example is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-175
Number of pages21
JournalMathematical Problems in Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • CPET
  • Manpower planning
  • Optimal control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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