Press Releases

CEO Charisma Skews Recommendations by Financial Analysts, Can Hurt Investors

HANOVER, MD, December 15, 2009 – Projecting the charisma of a newly hired Chief Executive Officer often leads financial analysts to make crucial errors in forecasting the company’s future performance, according to a new study in the current issue of Organization Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Brainstorming Works Best in Cross-Functional, Less Specialized Efforts

HANOVER, MD, December 9, 2009 – Applying brainstorming techniques to new product development works best when the collaboration employs participants from varied specialties gathering to develop a less complex product, according to the Management Insights feature in the current issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Silver Lining Effect Study, “I Have Some Good News and Some Bad News,”

HANOVER, MD, November 30, 2009 – Communicating “I have some good news and some bad news” is better than combining messages into a single, bleak result when small gains and large losses occur together, according to a study in the current issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Internet Retailers Compete in Niches

HANOVER, MD, November 18, 2009 – In their competition with brick-and-mortar stores, online retailers will do best if they promote the ability to search out and obtain niche products online, according to the Management Insights feature in the current issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Baxter wins DAS Award

HANOVER, MD, November 2, 2009 – The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) today announced that Baxter Healthcare is the winner of the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society Practice Award.

Cardiac Care Hospitals Cherry Pick Patients

SAN DIEGO, CA, October 6, 2009 – Although many focused hospitals deliver better and faster services in cardiac care and other specialties, a paper being presented at the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) maintains that these hospitals cherry-pick patients to achieve these results, and that average patients actually receive worse care.

Nobel Prize Winner Markowitz Recommends Economic Solutions at INFORMS Annual Meeting

SAN DIEGO, CA, October 1, 2009 – University of California San Diego Adjunct Professor Harry M. Markowitz, whose seminal work in portfolio theory led to his receiving the John von Neumann Theory Prize in 1989 and the Nobel Prize in Economics the following year, will discuss the current economic crisis and recommended solutions at the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Iraq Troops’ PTSD Rate as High as 35%

HANOVER, MD, September 14, 2009 – The Veterans’ Administration should expect a high volume of Iraq veterans seeking treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, with researchers anticipating that the rate among armed forces will be as high as 35%, according to the Management Insights feature in the current issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Mathematical Model Shows Why Defeating Insurgent Groups Like Taliban is So Difficult

HANOVER, MD, July 16, 2009 – Insurgent groups like the Taliban can only be effectively engaged with timely and accurate military intelligence, and even good intelligence may only succeed in containing the insurgency, not defeating it, according to a new study in the current issue of Operations Research, a flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

State privacy rules reduce electronic medical record sharing

HANOVER, MD, July 13, 2009 – States that have passed privacy laws restricting the ability of hospitals to disclose patient information have seen the sharing of electronic medical records suffer by more than 24%, according to the Management Insights feature in the current issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Keeping Nuclear Bombs Away

HANOVER, MD, June 24, 2009 – A two-tiered scanning-protocol for inspecting all containers at international ports could be the most affordable approach to ensuring containers moving through the global transportation system are not carrying nuclear bombs, according to a paper being presented at a services special interest group meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Decision tool for prostate cancer patients

HANOVER, MD, June 15, 2009 – An online decision tool created in part by a graduate student at the University of California Irvine helps men diagnosed with prostate cancer sort through an intimidating flurry of possible treatments and customize treatment plans of their own, according to a study in the current issue of Interfaces, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

DVD Rental Companies Forecast How Long Customers Will Retain Movies

HANOVER, MD, June 12, 2009 – Comparing the characteristics of ‘highbrow’ and ‘lowbrow’ films, online DVD rental services like Netflix can project the length of time that customers will rent films, according to the Management Insights feature in the current issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Bad Side of eCommerce Recommendations: Overemphasis on Blockbuster Hits

HANOVER, MD, May 14, 2009 – Recommender systems like those at Amazon, Netflix, and Apple’s iTune Store may work against niche products by directing customers to blockbuster hits, according to the Management Insights feature in the current issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Intel 2009 INFORMS Prize Winner

PHOENIX, April 28, 2009 –The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) last night announced the award of the INFORMS Prize to Intel. The ceremony took place at an INFORMS meeting, Applying Science to the Art of Business: the 2009 INFORMS Conference on Operations Research Practice at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.

HP Wins INFORMS Edelman Prize

PHOENIX, April 27, 2009 – The application of operations research and analytics to streamlining its millions of product configurations allowed HP to win the 2009 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences at a banquet in Phoenix tonight.