INFORMS in the News

Hurricanes, workplace issues, clouds & clicks, thinking aCAP & more

Compiled by Ashley Kilgore

We’re more likely to lie when in a group, study says

Honesty is an important quality – we want it in our relationships, with our children and from our banks. But even if you count yourself as a truthful person, a new study has found that you are still more likely to lie when in a group. This study, published in the INFORMS journal Management Science, found that even individuals who have a proven track record of honest behavior are no match for the potentially negative influences present in a group dynamic, especially when money is at stake.
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Traffic jams during hurricane evacuations are entirely preventable

Hani Mahmassani, INFORMS member and director of the Transportation Center at Northwestern University, discusses solutions to the bumper-to-bumper traffic associated with nearly every hurricane evacuation effort, and why these solutions are often not implemented.  
- Quartz, Sept. 9

Following Harvey, meetings change course to give back

Hurricane Harvey severely affected residents and businesses in Houston and other areas of southeast Texas. As meetings return to the region, many are using their time there to give back to the local community. INFORMS, which will hold its 2017 Annual Meeting in Houston next month, is also in the process of developing a coordinated effort to help its members and attendees make a positive impact in the community while attending the meeting.
- Associations Now, Sept. 8

The surprising connection between cloudiness and clicks

A recent study published in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science shows that the effectiveness of ad content is directly impacted by the weather: on sunny days, consumers respond to positive tone ads, while on rainy days the opposite is true.
- OZY, Sept. 8

INFORMS recognized with 2017 Web Award for Outstanding Achievement

The INFORMS newly redesigned website has been recognized by the Web Marketing Association with the Association’s Standard of Excellence award, a 2017 Web Award for Outstanding Achievement.
- Web Marketing Association, Sept. 8

Analytics and agriculture: New online library shares how analytics is transforming the way we feed the world

To illustrate how analytics is transforming agriculture around the world, the INFORMS Editor’s Cut: Feeding the World through Analytics highlights a wide range of content cultivated from INFORMS resources, including the latest scientific research featured in a number of INFORMS’ scholarly journals and member magazines, as well as video coverage of award-winning discoveries.
- INFORMS, Sept. 5

LinkedIn is nearly useless for actually getting a job

Congrats on your 1,500 LinkedIn connections. But did they help you snag a job? Weak online connections on job sites and social networking sites are no match for “strong connections” – i.e., close friends and family members with whom you communicate at least once a month – when it comes to landing a gig, according to a new study in the INFORMS journal Management Science.
- New York Post, Sept. 1

Response to natural disasters like Harvey could be helped with game theory


Can game theory help improve natural disaster response? Image © Tomas Griger |

Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, Anna Nagurney, INFORMS member and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, discusses how game theory could help improve natural disaster response, in particular, better ensuring the right supplies are getting to those in need.
- Chicago Tribune, Aug. 29

Distractions in your workplace (and how to overcome them)

Many employers hide behind a common misconception: If they set big goals, employees will be pushed to exceed expectations and reach peak performance. These are commonly referred to as “stretch goals,” which are set beyond current capabilities. As a June study from the INFORMS journal Organization Science found, stretch goals actually undermine performance for most organizations – 80 percent of participants at the companies surveyed had failed to reach their assigned stretch goal.
- Entrepreneur, Aug. 29

Without outlet stores, profits would decline 23%

According to a recent study by Donald Ngwe of the Harvard Business School, “Why Outlet Stores Exist: Averting Cannibalization in Product Line Extensions,” which was published in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, outlet stores lift the sales and profits of the flagship brand, instead of cannibalizing sales and profits.  
- Fierce Retail, Aug. 28

Three myths that need to die about women at work

A new study appearing in the INFORMS journal Organization Science helps dispel the rumor that women in the workplace are emotional and catty with other women when upset. The study showed the opposite to be true, that women who have strong relationships with their female counterparts experience less conflict in the workplace.
- Chicago Tribune, Aug. 16

FirstNet for emergency communications: six questions answered

Anna Nagurney, Ph.D., INFORMS member, professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, discusses current plans to expand the use of First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, which was created in the wake of 9/11 to help first responders communicate at emergency scenes.
- The Conversation, Aug. 16

Missile countermeasures: North Korea’s threat, Israel’s experience

Brock University professor and INFORMS member Michael Armstrong discusses the current threat of a missile attack by North Korea and provides insight as to how the U.S. may respond, by looking to how Israel is currently dealing with actual rocket attacks.
- The Conversation, Aug. 15

CAP listed among the top 14 big data and data analytics certifications

The INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) credential is listed among the top data analytics certifications available today.
- True Viral News, Aug. 11

Mo’ data, mo’ problems: Information systems wrestle with corporate knowledge loss

As businesses explore new ways to make their data more accessible and prevent data loss, Linda Argote, INFORMS Fellow and professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, discusses how information management systems can help employees access data, especially in the wake of older, seasoned employees leaving a company.
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 11

How do you fix a school-bus problem? Call MIT

A trio of MIT researchers and INFORMS members – Dimitris Bertsimas, Arthur Delarue and Sebastien Martin – recently tackled a tricky vehicle-routing problem when they set out to improve the efficiency of the Boston Public Schools bus system.
- The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 11

Rainy weather dampens online shopping

Today’s consumers can shop for almost anything without ever leaving home. So it may be surprising to learn that weather can influence their buying mood even when they are indoors. It’s long been known that weather affects temperament, and that good weather tends to bring people out of the house more than bad weather. It’s one reason why -when an election outcome may hinge on voter turnout–candidates hope it doesn’t rain on Election Day. Yet, new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science suggests that even when shoppers stay inside–and browsing through ads on their smartphones–good weather will inspire them to buy.
- Nexus Media, Aug. 7

Are you a CEO who wants a raise? Try going on TV

If you’re the chief executive of a publicly traded company and want a raise, what should you do?

(a) Keep breathing.

(b) Get yourself on CNBC.

The first answer will probably work, but getting some media attention will work better, especially if your company isn’t too large and its stock has been doing well. Those are the key findings of a new study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science of CEO pay and U.S. media exposure conducted by a pair of American-trained business professors in Asia.
- The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 2

Thinking aCAP

Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, INFORMS member and director of Analytical Consulting Services at the University of North Carolina, shares with analytics and operations research students the importance of standing out to potential employers, and the important role an Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP) certification can play in that.
- Solver International, July 31

Explaining infrastructure spending

Anna Nagurney, Ph.D., INFORMS member, professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Director of the Virtual Center of Supernetworks, explains the transportation and communications network needs of the U.S., from the Internet, to road systems and our cell phones.
- BYU Radio, July 26

Study provides BRCA mutation carriers guidance for when surgery has greatest impact

A new study in the INFORMS journal Decision Analysis provides insight to help enable physicians and patients with BRCA 1/2 gene mutations to make better-informed choices regarding surgeries to prevent breast and ovarian cancer.
- eCancer News, July 20

Career advice: This is the best person to try to be at work, according to science

While there is a great deal of contradictory advice for success in the workplace, setting manageable objectives and avoiding stretch goals will have a greater positive outcome, according to a study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science.
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Ashley Kilgore is the public relations manager at INFORMS.


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