The main goal of research is the gathering and interpreting of information to answer questions
Research is a systematic attempt to provide answers to questions.
Research may be defined as the systematic and objective analysis and recording of controlled observations that may lead to the development of generalizations, principles, or theories, resulting in prediction and possible control of events .
Research is a systematic way of asking questions, a systematic method of inquiry.
OR professionals aim to provide a rational basis for decision making by seeking to understand and structure complex situations and to use this understanding to predict system behavior and improve system performance.
Much of this work is done using analytical and numerical techniques to develop and manipulate mathematical and computer models of organizational systems composed of people, machines, and procedures.