Technical Note—Allocation of Effort Resources among Competing Activities

Published Online:https://doi.org/10.1287/opre.23.2.360

This paper presents problems of resource allocation among many activities, such as allocating a given marketing budget among sales territories, where the return function for each territory attains different parameters. Applying the Kuhn-Tucker conditions, we derive “single pass” algorithms for different concave payoff functions, maximizing total returns under a given amount of available effort. Various extensions are also mentioned.