The 2013 DSI Annual Meeting will be held November 16-19 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.
Please note that this year's conference will be held during the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving (one week earlier than normal).
The theme of the conference is Decision Analytics — Rediscovering Our Roots. Today's business success depends on making
good decisions fast. Leading organizations apply
sophisticated technologies and decision analytics
to evaluate vast amounts of data in order to
develop insights and increase the speed and quality
of decision making. These organizations cultivate a competitive advantage in the
marketplace through the application of analytics. Organizations that effectively apply
decision analytics have developed competencies in information management, analytical
skills/tools and a data-oriented culture.
The Decision Sciences Institute, a premier
society in defining the decision sciences discipline, focuses on applying quantitative,
qualitative, and behavioral methods to solve societal problems. Decision analytics plays
a significant role in addressing these problems. Join us at the 44th Annual Decision
Sciences Institute Meeting as we re-discover our decision analytics roots while maintaining
our interdisciplinary focus.
Program Chair Funda Sahin
University of Houston
The 2013 DSI Annual Meeting will feature these exciting plenary talks by leading professionals and academics in the decision sciences:
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Beginning with Michael Lewis' Moneyball there has been increasing interest in how "analytics" can improve performance of sports teams. We will give a primer describing the analytics used by baseball, football, and basketball teams to improve player selection, lineup selection, and in game decision making.
Wayne Winston is the John and Esther Reese Professor of Decision Sciences at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. In January 2014 he will become a Visiting Professor at the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston. He holds a BS in mathematics from M.I.T. and a PH.D in operations research from Yale. He has won over 30 teaching awards, including the Top MBA teaching award (5 times). He has written over a dozen books including Operations Research, Practical Management Science, Excel 2010 Data Analysis and Business Modeling and Mathletics. He has taught classes or consulted for many organizations including Broadcom, Roll Global, Booz Allen, Deloitte, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Ford, Pfizer,Microsoft, Cisco, Medtronic, US Army, Eli Lilly, 3M, and GM. He is also a two-time Jeopardy! Champion.
Transforming the Data Deluge into Data-Driven Insights: Analytics that Drive Business Value
Monday, November 18, 2013
Data volumes continue to increase at a rapid pace along with a need to solve complex business problems based on insight gained from hybrid sources of data. At the same time, computing power and access to multi-processor hardware configurations enables us to solve increasingly complex problems in a fraction of the time it used to take earlier. These driving forces provide the impetus to develop analytical software tools and solutions that provide more powerful algorithms to address scalability as well as performance by exploiting multi-core platforms and cost-effective distributed computing environments; more flexible models to address an ever increasing range of applications; better visualization techniques that are suited to the different analyses; and easier deployment of complex analytical algorithms for wider use across the enterprise.
Radhika Kulkarni is Vice President of Advanced Analytics R&D at SAS Institute Inc. She oversees software development in many analytical areas including statistics, operations research, econometrics, forecasting and data mining. Her division is also responsible for providing key components of business analytics solutions in several areas including finance, retail, marketing, hospitality and supply chain. Kulkarni is an active member in the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University, The Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University and the Marketing Analytics and Data Mining Board at Oklahoma State University.
She has a master’s in mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and a master’s and Ph.D. in operations research from Cornell University.
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The March 2013 issue of Decision Line includes news on the latest DSI activities and the following feature articles:
President's Letter. "Accomplishments of the Board," by E. Powell Robinson, Jr., University of Houston.
Spring is the transitional period for DSI's leadership team. This year the transition will occur in May, when President-Elect Maling Ebrahimpour of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg will take over the presidency of DSI and the newly elected officers will join the Board of Directors. [read more]
From the Editor. Decision Line Editor Maling Ebrahimpour provides an overview of 44(2) feature articles. [read more]
2012 Instructional Innovation Award Winner. "Distant Yet Near: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Learning between Engineering and Business Students through Socially Responsible Projects," by M. Adya, Marquette University; B. K. Temple and D. J. Hepburn, Glasgow Caledonian University.
With global specialization of
work units within organizations,
teams comprised of technical and
business members are increasingly common
in today's workplace.[read more]
Research Issues. "Publish or Perish, or Pay to Publish," by Fahri Karakaya, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
In recent years we have seen numerous
new journals and conferences
in a variety of business disciplines.
Many of these new journals and conferences
have a rigorous review process.
However, some journals or conferences
do not have any review process at all. [read more]
2012 Instructional Innovation Award Honorable Mention. "Operations Reality Show: An Experiential Service Learning and Storytelling Project," by Xin David Ding, University of Houston.
Operations management (OM) is a
curricular topic that exhibits an
interesting dichotomy. Although
most topics within OM have a close tie to
the actual hands-on practice within businesses,
the intensive analytical approach
undertaken by most operations textbooks
may quickly obscure such a connection. [read more]
Ecommerce. "Extreme Ecommerce: The Age of Sharing " by Kenneth E. Kendall, Ecommerce Editor.
The Economist recently published
a cover-story article called "All
Eyes on the Sharing Economy." The implication one can draw from this
article is that our society is now changing
because the Internet has made it much
easier to share everything. [read more]
Doctoral Student Affairs. "The Many Roads to Success: Classifying Doctoral Students into Archetypes," by Varun Grover, Clemson University.
Over the past 25 odd years, I have
had the privilege of working
with numerous doctoral students.
Each of these experiences has been
delightful in its own idiosyncratic way.
This is because doctoral students come
with their own personalities, styles, competencies,
and quirks. [read more]
In Memorium: Robert J. Mockler. It is with great sadness that we share
the news of the passing of Bob
Mockler on November 27, 2012. [read more]
2013 Annual Meeting News and Events
The latest issue of the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education (DSJIE) is now available online at: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dsji.2013.11.issue-2/issuetoc
Beat the Instructor—An Introductory Forecasting Game
Brent Snider, Janice Eliasson
Forecasting: Exercises to Enhance Learning from Business Simulations
Timothy Clark, Brian Kent
Improving Students' Data Analysis and Presentation Skills: The Ocean State Circuits, Inc., Forecasting Project
James Kroes, Yuwen Chen, Paul Mangiameli
Spreadsheet Modeling of (Q,R) Inventory Policies
Teaching Teachers about Supply Chain Management to Influence Students' Career and Education Choices
A Preliminary Study of Grade Forecasting by Students
Michael J. Armstrong
2013 Nominating and Election Process for DSI Officers
The members of the Decision Sciences Institute voted, 485 to 85, in favor of amending the DSI Constitution and Bylaws to reconstitute the structure of the Institute and the Board of Directors. This amendment effectively requires that the current Board be immediately restructured, with respect to all Vice President positions.
To implement the amendment, the upcoming election will fill nine (9) Vice President officer positions (six (6) functional Vice Presidents and three (3) Vice Presidents elected by the Divisions). As required by the Constitution, the functional Vice Presidents and Vice Presidents elected by the Divisions will serve staggered two-year terms.
In order to accomplish this transition, this year’s election will include four (4) Vice Presidents elected to one-year terms and five (5) Vice Presidents elected to two-year terms. In subsequent years, all elected Vice Presidents will be elected to two-year terms. The Vice President titles, broad responsibilities, and term durations are indicated below.
- VP for Global Activities: Advises the Board on activities that promote the global development of the Institute and chairs the Strategic Planning for International Affairs Committee. (Initial one-year term)
- VP for Member Services: Advises the Board on the recruitment and retention of members, activities that provide value to the membership, and chairs the Member Services Committee. (Initial one-year term)
- VP for Professional Development: Advises the Board on the activities that enhance the professional development of the membership and chairs the Programs and Meetings Committee. (Initial one-year term)
- VP for Publications: Advises the Board on the activities that enhance the reputation of the Institute’s journal portfolio and chairs the Publications Committee. (Initial two-year term)
- VP for Marketing: Advises the Board on activities that promote the branding, outreach, and value proposition of the Institute and chairs the new Marketing Advisory Committee. (Initial two-year term)
- VP for Technology: Advises the Board on the activities related to the Institute’s information systems and chairs the Information Technology Committee. (Initial two-year term)
- VP for the European Division: Advises the Board on the activities that enhance the development of the Division and the Institute. (Initial one-year term)
- VP for Americas Division: Advises the Board on the activities that enhance the development of the Division and the Institute. (Initial two-year term)
- VP for Asia-Pacific Division: Advise the Board on the activities that enhance the development of the Division and the Institute. (Initial two-year term)
The process for electing the new Vice Presidents and seating the Board of Directors is given below. Note, that this process does not impact the existing nominee slate for President and Secretary.
- Nominations for Vice Presidents are re-opened for the 2013 elections, beginning January 22, 2013, and will remain open through February 18, 2013. Self-nominations are welcome.
- Each nomination for a functional Vice President position should clearly indicate the specific position the nominee is seeking and provide a one-page statement of nominee’s qualifications pertinent to the position.
- For the Vice Presidents elected by the Divisions, the nominating committee of each Regional subdivision shall submit up to two potential candidates for the Vice President of its Division – e.g., SEDSI shall provide up to two nominees to be considered for the Vice President for the Americas Division.
- All nominations (functional and divisions) should be sent to the Secretary in care of the Home Office at email@example.com by the end of February 18, 2013.
- The Nominating Committee will construct and submit the slate of VP candidates for Board acceptance after which time the elections will be held. All nomination and election processes will follow existing policies and procedures. To ensure due process, the nomination and election activities will require approximately four months with a completion date prior to May 15, 2013. The newly elected officers and Board of Directors will convene in June 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
In order to allow sufficient time to comply with Policies and Procedures, the Board unanimously proposes to the membership a one-time suspension of Bylaw 3 Section 1(c) to delay the ending terms of all current officers from March 31, 2013 to May 15, 2013 and the starting terms of all newly elected officers from April 1, 2013 to May 16, 2013.
January 21, 2013
Note from Decision Sciences Editor Asoo Vakharia (January 2013): Since citations play some role in the external recognition for a journal, we have posted an Excel file showing the top 100 articles published in DSJ in terms of number of citations for the period 2002-2012 (i.e., last ten years). There are two worksheets in the attached file: (a) the first one has the articles sorted in decreasing order of total citations; and (b) the second one has the articles sorted in decreasing order of the average citations since the date of publication through 2012. I do hope this data is useful. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Asoo J. Vakharia
Editor, Decision Sciences Journal
Department of Information Systems & Operations Management
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32611-7169