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Digital vs. print publications: New study shows playing favorites can hurt overall book sales

Digital vs. print publications: New study shows playing favorites can hurt overall book sales

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 21, 2018 – Since the first e-book platform launched in 2007, e-book sales grew to comprise 20 percent of all book sales by 2015. To ensure the increasing popularity of e-books did not undermine the success of their printed counterparts, publishers frequently delayed the digital publication date for several weeks after the print edition has been released. However, new research in the INFORMS journal Management Science found that delaying the sale of the e-version of a new book does not lead to increased print sales, and can result in significantly fewer e-book sales once the digital version is made available.

New Recognition and Development department creates lasting support for current and future INFORMS programs

New Recognition and Development department creates lasting support for current and future INFORMS programs

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 22, 2018 – INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Recognition and Development department, which will promote charitable giving opportunities to support the profession, INFORMS programs, the robust INFORMS awards program as well as a new focus on scholarship opportunities. This new initiative invites INFORMS members to designate donations to support existing INFORMS awards and programs, as well as identify and cultivate new award and scholarship opportunities.

INFORMS Announces General Motors As Title Sponsor of the 2019 O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition

INFORMS Announces General Motors As Title Sponsor of the 2019 O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 15, 2018 – INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced that General Motors will be the title sponsor of its 2019 Operations Research and Analytics Student Team Competition, to be held on April 14-16, 2019 in Austin, Texas.  The competition provides students the opportunity to solve the kinds of real-world workplace challenges they will face during their careers.

First-of-its-Kind Capitol Hill Summit on May 21 Will Showcase How Policymakers Can Best Use Operations Research and Analytics to Save Lives, Save M...

First-of-its-Kind Capitol Hill Summit on May 21 Will Showcase How Policymakers Can Best Use Operations Research and Analytics to Save Lives, Save M...

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 10, 2018 – In Washington, opportunities exist to better leverage data and analytics to enable the government to achieve more efficient and effective outcomes for the American people.

The Administration’s recently released Management Agenda noted that, “Government agencies do not consistently apply data-driven decision-making practices. Smarter use of data and evidence is needed to orient decisions and accountability around service and results.” Democrats have echoed similar sentiments, stating, “Government cannot rely on outdated systems to meet today’s rapidly changing needs and critical challenges,” and reforms can be taken to “provide more effective and responsive solutions.” 

As consumers, how do we decide what’s “best” when it’s not clear? New study reveals our personal predispositions may drive choice

As consumers, how do we decide what’s “best” when it’s not clear? New study reveals our personal predispositions may drive choice

CATONSVILLE, MD, May 1, 2018 – Imagine you are choosing between two resorts for your island vacation.  The factors driving your decision will be “quality” and “price,” but “quality” can be more difficult to define.  In the end, this will come to represent all factors beyond price, such as service, amenities, proximity to the ocean and other things that are important to you. So, how will you decide?

Optimizing investments: Student teams compete to create equity portfolios with analytics and operations research

Optimizing investments: Student teams compete to create equity portfolios with analytics and operations research

Baltimore, MD, April 17, 2018 – Balancing risk to achieve a high performing investment portfolio is a challenge for the most seasoned investment manager. Student teams around the world have shown they are more than ready for the challenge, with a group of students from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel successfully using operations research (O.R.) and analytics to create a competitive equity portfolio to win the second annual O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition.

Advancing wireless communication: FCC awarded the 2018 INFORMS Edelman Award, the leading award in analytics and operations research

Advancing wireless communication: FCC awarded the 2018 INFORMS Edelman Award, the leading award in analytics and operations research

BALTIMORE, MD, April 16, 2018 – INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced it has awarded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) its 2018 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Advanced Analytics, Operations Research, and Management Science for its use of operations research (O.R.) to create a revolutionary approach to meeting the rapidly growing need for the spectrum used for wireless communication in the United States and Canada.

BNSF Railway presented with the 2018 INFORMS Prize for Operations Research

BNSF Railway presented with the 2018 INFORMS Prize for Operations Research

Baltimore, MD, April 16, 2018 - INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced that BNSF Railway has been awarded the 2018 INFORMS Prize for their pioneering and enduring integration of operations research (O.R.) and analytics programs into their organization.

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, unless you are an app developer

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, unless you are an app developer

CATONSVILLE, MD, April 9, 2018 – For every two mobile apps released, one is a clone of an existing app. However, new research published in the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research shows the success of the original app is not always adversely affected by the creation of clone apps. In fact, the study, which was conducted by Carnegie Mellon University researchers, found that whether the copycat app increases or decreases the number of downloads of the original is dependent upon the quality of the copy.

INFORMS to host leading international analytics conference in hometown of Baltimore

INFORMS to host leading international analytics conference in hometown of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD, April 6, 2018 – Nearly 1,000 of the world’s leading analytics professionals will arrive in Baltimore for the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research on April 15-17 to share groundbreaking applications for analytics and how it is transforming nearly every industry around the world. INFORMS, the largest international association for operations research and analytics professionals, has been based in the Baltimore region for more than two decades, and the analytics applications of organizations from the Baltimore-Washington area will be showcased in myriad ways throughout the Conference. In addition, the economic impact of conference should reach nearly $1 million for the city of Baltimore.

Consumers who engage with trends may be less open to advertising than others. New study results may surprise you

Consumers who engage with trends may be less open to advertising than others. New study results may surprise you

CATONSVILLE, MD, April 2, 2018 – One common assumption in digital marketing is that individuals who are mindful of what’s trending on social media, and propagate these trends, will be responsive to social media advertising and marketing, thus sharing branded messages with their network on a wide scale. As a result, firms increasingly try to mesh their brand or product with an emerging trend to get the attention of those who propagate these trends. A new study conducted by researchers from London Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Cass Business School at City, University of London, may change that assumption.

Student teams conquer complex real-world challenges in the INFORMS Student Team Competition

Student teams conquer complex real-world challenges in the INFORMS Student Team Competition

CATONSVILLE, MD, March 26, 2018 - Eight student teams from around the world have been selected as finalists in the 2018 INFORMS O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition. The competition, which was introduced last year, highlights impressive young talent and provides O.R. and analytics students the opportunity to solve the kinds of real-world workplace challenges they will face during their careers.

It’s not you, it’s me: How customers break up with sellers

It’s not you, it’s me: How customers break up with sellers

CATONSVILLE, MD, March 5, 2018 – Companies invest billions each year in expensive customer service programs, sales forces, and sophisticated discounting programs such as Groupon to lure and retain customers only to find that churn remains one of their biggest and most expensive challenges. According to a new study, customers have a tendency to send clear signals before they “break up” with a company, but you have to know what to be monitoring, and the key to any relationship remains effective communication.

Special INFORMS journal collection explores the origins of strategy science

Special INFORMS journal collection explores the origins of strategy science

CATONSVILLE, MD, February 13, 2018 – Where do great strategies come from? How can opportunities be maximized? How can the most successful strategies be identified? These questions and more are explored in a one of a kind collection of essays by prominent thought leaders in strategy science. This one-of-a-kind collection began with a collaborative workshop hosted by Apple and was ultimately published by INFORMS, the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals.

The magic of movies not tied to using latest technology according to new research

The magic of movies not tied to using latest technology according to new research

CATONSVILLE, MD, January 25, 2018 – In the nearly 60 years between the 1939 release of Hollywood’s first animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and modern hits like Toy Story, Shrek and more, advances in animation technology have revolutionized not only animation techniques, but moviemaking as a whole. However, a new study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science found that employing the latest technology doesn’t always ensure creative success for a film.

INFORMS selects 2018 UPS George D. Smith Prize finalists from leading university O.R. and analytics programs

INFORMS selects 2018 UPS George D. Smith Prize finalists from leading university O.R. and analytics programs

CATONSVILLE, MD, January 16, 2018 – INFORMS, the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics, has selected two finalists for the 2018 UPS George D. Smith Prize, which recognizes excellence in preparing students to become practitioners of operations research and analytics.

The 2018 finalists are:                                      

Are Super Bowl ads worth it? New research indicates sales benefits persist well into the year during “March Madness,” MLB and NBA games

Are Super Bowl ads worth it? New research indicates sales benefits persist well into the year during “March Madness,” MLB and NBA games

CATONSVILLE, MD, January 5, 2018 – The 2018 Super Bowl arrives in a few weeks and over 40 percent of U.S. households will watch the game on TV. With a 30-second TV commercial priced at over $4 million, some advertisers may debate whether these ads are worth the cost. A new study finds that the benefits from the Super Bowl ads actually persist well into the year with increased sales during sporting events like the NCAA’s “March Madness,” NBA playoffs and MLB games. According to this new research a Budweiser ad increased sales during these later sporting events. Further, the research finds that the gains in sales are much more substantial when the advertiser is the sole advertiser from its market category or niche in a particular event. 

2018 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award finalists selected from leading analytics teams around the world

2018 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award finalists selected from leading analytics teams around the world

Competition recognizes incredible ways that analytics improves how people live and work

Finalist contributions include innovations in broadcasting, healthcare, communication, inventory management, vehicle fleet management, and alternative energy industries.

CATONSVILLE, MD, January 4, 2018 – INFORMS, the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics, has selected six finalists for the 47th annual Franz Edelman Award for Achievements in Operations Research and Management Science, the world’s most prestigious award for achievement in the practice of analytics and O.R.