Discover INFORMS

Welcome! INFORMS is home to a diverse collection of academic and industry experts in fields including operations research, analytics, management science, economics, behavioral science, statistics, artificial intelligence, data science, applied mathematics, and more. Although our members' work is often highly complex, we are unified under a simple, shared mission: advance and promote the science and technology of decision making to save lives, save money, and solve problems. Whether you're at the beginning of your academic and professional adventure or decades into a successful career, INFORMS membership will connect you with a group of peers with whom you can collaborate, learn, grow, and share your journey.



How to Improve inclusivity in the Decision Sciences?

"What can INFORMS do to improve the sense of belonging for its increasingly diverse membership? In my opinion, we can strengthen the inclusive culture of INFORMS by changing our attitude and behavior. To sustain the success of INFORMS as a community, INFORMS must embrace diversity not only because its membership is becoming more diverse, but because it is the core value that we cherish."

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– Christopher Tang
   UCLA Anderson School of Management

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Building an Audience for Your Research

"INFORMS members are superheroes in society. Our many significant and impactful contributions get published in academic journals. Unfortunately, much of our dissemination and communication stops there. This means that our work and findings never reach key decision-makers in government and industry, as well as the public, who need to hear our messages. The time to change this is now!"

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– Sheldon Jacobson
   University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Awareness Podcast

This week's episode of the Resoundingly Human podcast features Christian Zehnder of the University of Lausanne:

Charisma: A professional tool worth its weight in gold

The fascinating effect for us was that the charismatic speech had the same motivational effect, so the use of the charismatic leadership tactics had the same performance increasing effect as using a monetary piece rate.

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Inside INFORMS' International Efforts to Advance O.R. & Analytics

"'As an “international professional association” for experts in operations research, management science and other decision sciences, INFORMS aims to live up to its billing with a host of events and content available to members via both in-person and virtual opportunities."

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– Sue Merchant
   Blue Link Consulting

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