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Research Team Recognized with INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Solutions to Increase Efficiency in Production Planning in Agribusiness

Research Team Recognized with INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Solutions to Increase Efficiency in Production Planning in Agribusiness

CATONSVILLE, MD, November 13, 2020 – INFORMS, the leading association for operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals, has awarded the 2020 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Advanced Analytics and Operations Research to researchers from The Pennsylvania State University, The University of Texas at Austin and University of British Columbia for their work to increase efficiency in product planning and supply in agribusiness. The award was presented today at the Virtual 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting. 

New Research Exposes the Mindset Required to Save Money

New Research Exposes the Mindset Required to Save Money

CATONSVILLE, MD, November 3, 2020 – A new research study has exposed the mindset that helps many become more committed to a long-term personal finance savings program. The research found that when savers perceive the amounts they need to save on more granular terms, such as $5 per day as opposed to $150 per month, they are more likely to commit to and sustain a personal savings regimen.

MIT Professor, David Simchi-Levi, Awarded Prestigious INFORMS Impact Prize

MIT Professor, David Simchi-Levi, Awarded Prestigious INFORMS Impact Prize

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 26, 2020—INFORMS, the leading international association of operations research and analytics professionals, announced Dr. David Simchi-Levi, Ph.D., has been awarded the prestigious Impact Prize. Dr. Simchi-Levi is a renowned professor of engineering systems and the director of the Data Science Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the current editor-in-chief of the INFORMS journal Management Science and the past editor-in-chief of the INFORMS journal Operations Research.

Save it or Spend it? Advertising Decisions Amid Consumer Word-of-Mouth

Save it or Spend it? Advertising Decisions Amid Consumer Word-of-Mouth

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 19, 2020 – Most people have seen or heard from a friend, neighbor or family member about a product or service they’ve used and how their experience was. It’s called observational learning or word-of-mouth. These communications don’t provide an unbiased assessment of true quality. Given this, businesses are faced with the difficult decision of determining when and how to spend their ad dollars. New research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science finds when consumers learn about products/services from other consumers, a business may actually want to spend more money to credibly signal its quality. 

New Research Finds Utilizing Telemedicine in the ER can Reduce Wait Times and Patient Length of Stay

New Research Finds Utilizing Telemedicine in the ER can Reduce Wait Times and Patient Length of Stay

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 16, 2020 – Telemedicine has become more common given the current global pandemic. COVID-19 has limited doctor’s office and hospital visits to ensure safety for everyone. But rather than diminish the quality of care, new research in the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research finds that increasing wider use of telemedicine in the emergency room (ER) can yield positive results for patients and providers alike. 

Operations Research Used to Maximize Revenue and Minimize Cost in Corporate Decision-Making: Intel Awarded the 2020 INFORMS Edelman Award

Operations Research Used to Maximize Revenue and Minimize Cost in Corporate Decision-Making: Intel Awarded the 2020 INFORMS Edelman Award

CATONSVILLE, MD, September 30, 2020 – INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced it has awarded Intel its 2020 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Advanced Analytics, Operations Research, and Management Science for its use of operations research (O.R.) to maximize revenue and minimize cost in corporate decision-making.

INFORMS Names 2020 Fellows: 12 members to be inducted in November for outstanding lifetime accomplishments and contributions in operations research...

INFORMS Names 2020 Fellows: 12 members to be inducted in November for outstanding lifetime accomplishments and contributions in operations research...

CATONSVILLE, MD, September 9, 2020 – INFORMS, the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals and students, has officially named 12 outstanding members as Fellows, one of the highest honors in the O.R. profession. The 2020 INFORMS Fellows will be inducted during the Virtual 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting, November 7–13. INFORMS Fellows are honored for their outstanding lifetime accomplishments and contributions in operations research and analytics. 

New Research Says Better Management of Customer Care on Twitter Leads to Nearly 20% Increase in Customer Satisfaction

New Research Says Better Management of Customer Care on Twitter Leads to Nearly 20% Increase in Customer Satisfaction

CATONSVILLE, MD, September 3, 2020 – Social media has forever changed our society and how people do business. A 2013 report by J.D. Power found nearly two-thirds of customers have used a company’s social media site to connect with customer service. New research in the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research finds businesses that use Twitter as a social care channel are seeing a 19% increase in customer satisfaction.

New Study Unearths Challenges Travel Site Aggregators Face when Compared to Airlines that Market Direct to Consumer

New Study Unearths Challenges Travel Site Aggregators Face when Compared to Airlines that Market Direct to Consumer

CATONSVILLE, MD, September 2, 2020 – If you are a budget-conscious traveler, there is a chance you’ve used a travel site aggregator like Orbitz to book your air transportation. Or, perhaps you shopped around on multiple aggregators, and made your final booking on an airline website. Did you ever wonder if you were presented with all airline options, or what kind of itineraries you could have received had you explored all airline sites one by one? Between aggregators and airlines, who ultimately has the upper hand?

INFORMS Franz Edelman Competition Rescheduled to September 29

INFORMS Franz Edelman Competition Rescheduled to September 29

CATONSVILLE, MD, July 14, 2020 – INFORMS, the leading international association for professionals in operations research (O.R.) and analytics, announced that the 2020 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award competition has been rescheduled to September 29, 2020 and will take place virtually. The competition was previously scheduled for April 2020 but was delayed due to COVID-19. Additional information about the virtual Edelman Competition will be announced at a later date and will be open for public viewing. 

INFORMS Names Elena Gerstmann Executive Director

INFORMS Names Elena Gerstmann Executive Director

CATONSVILLE, MD – INFORMS, the leading association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced today that Elena Gerstmann, Ph.D., FASAE, CAE, has been named Executive Director effective July 27.

Dieting Success: New Research Shows Top Performers in a Group Provide More Positive Support for Dieters than Peers

Dieting Success: New Research Shows Top Performers in a Group Provide More Positive Support for Dieters than Peers

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 23, 2020 – The weight loss industry in the United States is vast and generates about $20 billion each year from over 100 million dieters. Commercial weight loss programs design customer-focused program policies to shape and optimize satisfaction and development. These two metrics are tied to how well a program does and the success of the customers in that program. New research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science finds one key to success is making sure you have the right role model for dieters.

New Research Says Displaying Fake Reviews Increases Consumer Trust in Review Platforms by 80%

New Research Says Displaying Fake Reviews Increases Consumer Trust in Review Platforms by 80%

CATONSVILLE, MD, June 18, 2019 – Many people are using COVID-19 quarantine to get projects done at home, meaning plenty of online shopping for tools and supplies. But do you buy blind? Research shows 97% of consumers consult product reviews before making a purchase. Fake reviews are a significant threat for online review portals and product search engines given the potential for damage to consumer trust. Little is known about what review portals should do with fraudulent reviews after detecting them. 

New Research Finds Training Has Stronger Links to Promotion for Women in IT Over Work Performance

New Research Finds Training Has Stronger Links to Promotion for Women in IT Over Work Performance

CATONSVILLE, MD, April 29, 2020 – Job performance has long been understood to be the primary equalizing factor affecting promotions for men and women in the workplace, but research shows, women don’t gain as much from the same performance improvements as men do. New research in the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research shows training plays an important part in promotions for women in the field of information technology.