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Management Science - New Issue    

Read the 13 new articles in the November 2014 issue of Management Science. "Management Insights" provides you with a brief overview of all papers in the current issue. 

Organization Science - New Issue         

Read the 14 new articles in the November-December 2014 issue of Organization Science. Members can subscribe to the 2015 INFORMS PubsOnLine Suite for only $104.00 to access all 14 journals back to volume 1, issue 1.       

Transportation Science - Special Issue on Energy and Transportation         

Read the 14 new articles in the November 2014 special issue of Transportation Science.     

Marketing Science - New Issue        

Read the all new articles in the November-December 2014 issue of Marketing ScienceSubscribe to all 14 INFORMS 2015 journals for only $104.00. 

Mathematics of Operations Research - New Issue  

Read the 18 new articles in the November 2014 issue of Mathematics of Operations Research.

Service Science - New Issue 

Read the new articles posted in the December 2014 online issue of Service Science.   

Strategy Science - Recommend for 2015    

Select as your 2015 dues journal or ask your Institution to subscribe to Strategy Science our 14th journal publishing in 2015. Strategy Science seeks to publish outstanding research directed to the challenges of strategic management in both business and non-business organizations. The journal is also open to a wide variety of underlying disciplinary approaches including economics, operations research, political science, psychology, and sociology.   

Save over $1,700 - 2015 INFORMS PubsOnLine     

All 2015 institutional PubsOnLine Suite subscribers will receive access to the most recent three years of the series TutORials in Operations Research and the journal Strategy Science at no additional cost. Recommend that your library subscribe to INFORMS 2015 PubsOnLine Suite to save over $1,700 and get even more content in 2015.  

Management Science - New Editor-in-Chief       

The INFORMS board has approved the appointment of Teck H. Ho as the next editor-in-chief of Management Science. His first term is July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017. He is the William Halford Jr. Family Professor of Marketing, and the Chair of the Marketing Department at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Ho is as an imminent scholar in marketing, decision analysis, and behavioral economics. He will succeed Gerard Cachon, who has served as editor-in-chief since 2006. 

Transportation Science - New Editor-in-Chief       

The INFORMS board has approved the appointment of Martin Savelsbergh as the next editor-in-chief of Transportation Science. His first term is January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017. He is the James C. Edenfield Chair and currently holds the Schneider Professorship at the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Savelsbergh is recognized as an academic leader, scholar, and teacher in the field of logistics and supply chain engineering. He will succeed Michel Gendreau, who has served as editor-in-chief since 2009. 

Operations Research - Second Term Approved      

The INFORMS board has approved the reappointment of Stefanos Zenios as the editor-in-chief of Operations Research. His second term is January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017. He is the Charles A. Holloway Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology and professor of health care management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Stanford, California. Professor Zenios' field of study develops guiding principles in the application of technology to prolong and improve health outcomes for patients with challenging and expensive treatment needs.    

Call for Papers - Service Science

In Search of a New Alignment in Service Research   

The editors of two of the top journals in the service area, one from INFORMS' service science community and one from IEEE's services computing community; invite you to break out of your disciplinary comfort zone. Parallel special issues have been commissioned to intentionally challenge and disrupt the status quo. This dual special issue is intended to reconcile existing multipronged orientations and approaches to service research. Read the Call for Papers. Submissions due: March 1, 2015.  

Co-Creating the Customer Service Experience with High Tech and High Touch

In today's highly competitive environment, there is a growing need to provide customers with a truly memorable experience to increase both customer satisfaction and customer loyalty. Customer experience has been operationalized in different ways, such as "memorable events" (Pine & Gilmore, 1999) or clues that customers can see, smell, taste, hear, or perceive while interacting with service systems (Berry & Carbone, 2007). Today, a customer's experience resulting from the interaction with a service provider requires a combination of high tech and high touch, depending on the type of service and therefore is generally heterogeneous. Read the Call for Papers. 

Submissions due: October 15, 2015.

As an INFORMS member, you are welcome to submit items about major career news that would interest your fellow INFORMS members. INFORMS welcomes news about:

  • Major appointments, such as appointments to lead departments, schools, or journals
  • Major awards that highlight you at the top of your profession
  • Book announcements

Please note:

  • Announcements should be brief, preferably 2-3 sentences, with a headline, statement of the news, and link to lengthier story, if available
  • Items will be placed on a space-available basis in appropriate INFORMS media such as eNews,INFORMS Connect, and ORMS Today (at the discretion of the editors)
  • Send your news to INFORMS Communications Director Barry List at barry.list@informs.org. Include "E-News submission" in the subject.

Congratulations to INFORMS member Greg Parnell, who was recently named the director of the Operations Management Graduate Program at the University of Arkansas. Learn more here.

Congratulations to the three winners of a drawing held for those who responded to an INFORMS survey about analytics maturity. Eric Sarver of Washington Gas won the first prize (a $300 Amazon gift card). Consultant Dean Hartley and Brandon Pope of Baylor Health won second prizes ($100 Amazon gift cards).

During the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco we heard from a panel of CAP®presenters who discussed varying aspects of the program. Elizabeth Nielson spoke of the personal benefit of having a CAP®, Freeman Marvin spoke of the benefits to an employer of having CAPs on staff, Scott Nestler (chair Analytics Certification Board) presented a more historical viewpoint of CAP® development and Matt Windham gave study hints for CAP® preparation that can be used for any study situation.

On Wednesday, November 19th, Louise Wehrle, Manager, Certification addressed the Rocky Mountain Chapter on the subject of CAP®. The talk was cordially received, with many of the same benefits as presented at the Annual Meeting being identified by the attendees.

On November 21st, Dr. Irv Lustig will be hosting and presenting a half day CAP® refresher to a group of IBM employees. The session will end with a telephonic discussion with a panel of those who have already earned the CAP®.


Because the question asked most often about the CAP®program is 'How do I prepare?' we are developing a series of webinars designed to help candidates prepare for the exam. The webinar series is tentatively scheduled to begin in December 2014 and end in early 2015. We expect a new webinar to be delivered every two weeks on the INFORMS channel of BrightTalk (www.brighttalk.com). More information will be published on this series as the information becomes available.

The proposed schedule is:

December 3, 2014 - Overview and Introduction

December 17, 2014 - Domains 1 (Business Problem Framing) and 2 (Analytics Problem Framing)

January 7, 2015 - Domain 3 (Data)

January 21, 2015 - Domain 4 (Methodology (Approach) Selection)

February 4, 2015 - Domains 5 (Model Building), 6 (Deployment) and 7 (Model Lifecycle Management)

Seasonal note

To those of you reading this from the US: Happy Thanksgiving. To those of you not from the US, I'm wish you to a lot to be thankful for.

Applications remain open for the ongoing computer-based examinations. Test on your schedule and put CAP® after your name. For more information, see www.informs.org/certification


It will only take five minutes of your time and you can give shape to the sound of the INFORMS podcast series INFORMS Today. Log onto the INFORMS podcast survey here and share your views on what fascinates you, what bores you, and how you would design a podcast. Get back to us by Wednesday, November 26 - we're looking forward to hearing from you! Take the survey HERE.

The INFORMS Career Center  

offers the largest list of O.R. analytics jobs in the industry. Here are just a few job listings:

Operations Research Scientist, Amazon. Looking for motivated individuals with strong numerical optimization and analysis skills to join our team focusing on transportation network modeling and design.

Operations Research Analyst, Biostatistics Faculty and Statistics Faculty Positions. The Department of Mathematics at Slippery Rock University is expanding its course offerings in statistics and actuarial mathematics. We also anticipate starting a Master of Science degree program in Big Data Analytics in Fall 2015. 

Dean, College of Business, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a public four-year comprehensive institution, invites nominations and applications for an academic leadership position.

INFORMS Annual Meeting San Francisco

November 9-12, Hilton Union Square & Parc 55 Wyndham, San Francisco, CA


Thank you to everyone who made the 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting a huge success! With over 5,600 attendees, this was the most well attended INFORMS meeting in history!

We would also like to extend one last thank you to all of our Annual Meeting sponsors.

Platinum Sponsors: IBM, The Seth Bonder Foundation, FICO, AIMMS

Gold Sponsors: Caterpillar, Chevron, City University of Hong Kong

Individual Sponsors: The University of Texas at Dallas, SAS, GAMS, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Rutgers University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Winter Simulation Conference

December 7-10, Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Savannah, GA  

Click here to register now.

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of system simulation. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC provides the central meeting place for simulation practitioners, researchers, and vendors working in all disciplines in industry, service, government, military, and academic sectors.

Access to the conference program is now available here

Simulation 101 Workshop

Sunday, December 7, 1-7pm
$125 - dinner included, sign up when you register for the meeting

The pre-conference Simulation 101 Workshop is designed for newcomers to discrete-event and Monte Carlo simulation. The target audience consists of both technical and non-technical persons who may have a background in computing, engineering, management, mathematics, and/or statistics but who have had minimal exposure to simulation and its applications. Attending this workshop will help newcomers assimilate the technical sessions presented at WSC '14. By working on specific examples, the focus of the workshop will be on the intuition associated with simulation rather than on underlying theory and mathematics.  

Participants will be introduced to the conceptual, algorithmic and implementation steps of the development of several simple discrete-event and Monte Carlo simulation models, and then will experiment with those implementations using software developed specifically for the workshop. 

Free Vendor Workshops

Take advantage of these workshops that are free with your meeting registration. Workshops will be offered by AnyLogic, Applied Materials, Emulate3D, Forio, FlexSim Software Products, MathWorks, Arena Simulation Software, Imagine That, Simio, and Frontline Systems. Click here to see the complete workshop schedule.

2015 INFORMS Computing Society Conference 

January 11-13, 2015, Omni Richmond Hotel, Richmond, VA


Registration is open for the 2015 INFORMS Computing Society Conference. New this year to the meeting is the student poster session with travel awards sponsored by NSF. Presenting/submitting authors can contact an appropriate stream chair. For more information, click here.  

2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research 

April 12-14, 2015, Huntington Beach, CA


Online Submission Now Open! Click here for more information.

Submission Deadline: December 19, 2014

The 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and O.R. is the one program that consistently delivers time-proven applications and processes that will improve your business bottom line. Anyone who works in the analytics, operations research, or management science fields will want to attend the analytics event of the year.

Invited tracks will cover topics such as marketing analytics, unstructured data analytics, real-time decision systems, managing risk, supply chain management, revenue management & pricing, soft skills, and decision analysis.

Save the date! Registration for this conference will be opening soon.

Present a Talk, Present a Paper 

INFORMS prestigious conference on business analytics and operations research seeks proposals for talks and posters. Selected presenters may register for the meeting at a discounted fee.  

Call for Selected Presentations   

Click here for more information.   

Deadline: December 19, 2014    

Call for Poster Presentations  

Click here for more information.    

Deadline: January 19, 2015

2015 INFORMS Healthcare Conference - Save the Date!     

July 29-31, 2015, Nashville, Tennessee, Omni Nashville Hotel



INFORMS third conference on the health sector, brings together researchers and stakeholders around the most current work in healthcare operations research, systems engineering, and analytics in one highly-focused conference. The conference will combine a deep research focus with an emphasis on real-world applications.

Call for Presentations Opening Soon!


INFORMS Meetings Calendar 

Go to http://meetings.informs.org for a complete conference calendar.


INFORMS Past President Anne Robinson cut a ceremonial cake as maturity model chair Norm Reitter of CANA Advisors looked on at an Annual Meeting reception for the official launch of the INFORMS Analytics Maturity Model. At the Annual Meeting, committee evangelist Aaron Burciaga took newcomers on a tour of the new model, committee member Jim Williams gave an update to the INFORMS Roundtable, and INFORMS IT Director Raj Reddi took questions at the INFORMS maturity model booth. Have you tried the model yet? Visit it here. Make sure to complete the model - even if you're organization is as mature as can be! - so organizations can begin benchmarking by industry. Take the time today!

The INFORMS Decision Analysis Society crossed a welcome threshold at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, where it celebrated five decades of superior techniques introduced in the decision sciences. More than 300 decision scientists joined the field's founders, Howard Raiffa of Harvard and Ron Howard of Stanford, in a day reflecting on the history and the future of Decision Analysis. In addition to sponsoring workshops, DAS presented its first Raiffa-Howard decision quality Award to Chevronfor its unique and long term commitment to making decision quality an organizational competency.