Impulsive control in management: Prospects and applications

A. Bensoussan, C. S. Tapiero

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An outline of impulsive control and its applications in management is reviewed. Conditions for optimal impulsive controls when the dynamic process is given by a stochastic differential equation with Wiener and jump processes are given. Applications to inventory control, capacity expansion, vehicle dispatching, maintenance-replacement-inspection, and pricing problems are formulated, and optimality conditions found. Although there are many other applications that can be outlined, these provide some motivation for further study in this emerging field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-442
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Optimization Theory and Applications
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1982


  • Optimal stochastic control
  • dynamic programming
  • impulsive control
  • management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Optimization
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Applied Mathematics


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