Decision Sciences Institute - Annual Meeting

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Dear DSI Friends,

The upcoming DSI Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD (Nov. 16-19, 2013), promises to be an exciting event with thought-provoking plenary and showcase speakers, an extensive array of professional development opportunities, a number of sessions featuring industry experts, and approximately 800 scheduled presentations and more than 300 scheduled sessions. 

The final schedule for the conference is published.  You can browse it -- and general conference information -- and make your travel arrangements accordingly.

The organizing committee has put together an exciting program. Below are a few highlights about the upcoming 2013 DSI Annual Meeting.

Keynote Talks

Consistent with this year’s theme, the conference will feature two keynote talks by leading experts in the decision analytics area:

  • Sunday, November 17th 10:30 a.m.: Wayne Winston, John and Esther Reese Professor of Decision Sciences at Indiana University --“Sports Analytics”
  • Monday, November 18th 10:30 a.m.: Radhika Kulkarni, Vice President of Advanced Analytics R&D at SAS Institute Inc.—“Transforming the Data Deluge into Data-Driven Insights: Analytics that Drive Business Value”.

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Best Paper Awards

Congratulations to the authors of the Best Paper Awards. See the list of winners and presentation times below.

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Professional & Faculty Development Program

Do you want to learn more about structural equation modeling and PLS from leading scholars? Learn from Professors George Marcoulides and Wynne Chin as they share their insights. Want to hear about the research trends in SCM and MIS?  Would you like meet the journal editors on a one-one basis? Professional & Faculty Development program provides a great opportunity for enhancing research, teaching and service skills. Check out the agenda below.

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Showcase Track- “Decision Analytics”

New to the annual meeting is the “Decision Analytics Track”. The following are some featured sessions from this track:

  • “Bayesian Ensemble Learning for Big Data”, Robert McCulloch, University of Chicago- Sun Nov 17 2013, 8:30 to 10:00am
  • “Business Analytics at Ernst & Young: Perspectives and Trends”, Amber Morgan, Ernst & Young, Sat Nov 16 2013, 3:30 to 5:00pm
  • “IBM Big Data Strategy and Analytics Perspectives”, Kendrick Heath, IBM, Sun Nov 17 2013, 1:30 to 3:00pm
  • “Business Analytics Programs and Curricula”, Gilvan Souza, Indiana University ; Michael Rappa, NC State;  William Miller, Accenture, Amber Morgan, Ernst & Young;  Michael Galbreth, University of South Carolina; Bogdan Bichescu, University of Tennessee, Sat Nov 16 2013, 3:30 to 5:00pm
  • “Location Analytics”, Paul Amos, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton GIS Lab, Mon Nov 18 2013, 1:30 to 3:00pm
  • “Social Media Intelligence”, Wendy Moe, University of Maryland, Sat Nov 16 2013, 10:30 to 12:00pm 

Other featured sessions from various tracks:

  • Healthcare Track--“Healthcare Systems and their use of OM/DS Techniques”,  Dan Delay, Baltimore and Washington D.C. Health Ministries of Ascension Health ; KaLeena Weaver, Solution Integration; Linda LaGanga, Mental Health Center of Denver, Sun Nov 17 2013, 1:30 to 3:00pm
  • International Business Track—“Audi in Hungary”,  Martin Schuster, Audi Hungaria Motor Kft; János Rechnitzer, Széchenyi University; Péter Földesi, Széchenyi University, Edit Süle, Széchenyi University, Sun Nov 17 2013, 1:30 to 3:00pm
  • Fellows Track—“Advances in Research and Practice on Sustainability I”, Soumen Ghosh, Georgia Institute of Technology; Manoj K. Malhotra, University of South Carolina; Ram Narasimhan, Michigan State University; Aleda Roth, Clemson University, Sun Nov 17 2013, 1:30 to 3:00pm.
  • Fellows Track—“Advances in Research and Practice on Sustainability II”, Soumen Ghosh, Georgia Institute of Technology; Jatinder Gupta, University of Alabama in Huntsville; Nada R. Sanders, Lehigh University; Asoo Vakharia, University of Florida, Mon Nov 18 2013, 3:30 to 5:00pm.
  • Services Management Track—“Frontiers in Service Management Research”,  Aleda Roth, Clemson University; Rohit Verma, Cornell University; Mark M. Davis, Bentley University ; Kingshuk K. Sinha, University of Minnesota, Sun Nov 17 2013, 3:30 to 5:00pm
  • Services Management Track—“Professional Service Operations Management”, Mike Lewis, University of Bath School of Management ; Janelle Heineke, Boston University ; Jean Harvey, University of Quebec in Montreal, Mon Nov 18 2013, 1:30 to 3:00pm
  • Strategic Sourcing/Supply Management Track – “Services Sourcing and the Triple Bottomline”,  W.C. Benton, The Ohio State University; Thomas Choi, Arizona State University; Christopher Craighead, The Pennsylvania State University; Aleda Roth, Clemson University ; Stephan M Wagner, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Sat Nov 16 2013, 3:30 to 5:00pm
  • Strategic Sourcing/Supply Management Track – “Research in Sustainable Sourcing and Supply Management: Where are we heading?” Constantin Blome, Université catholique de Louvain; Ram Narasimhan, Michigan State University;  Daniel Guide, Pennsylvania State University ; Robert D. Klassen, Richard Ivey School of Business; Jayanth Jayaram, University of South Carolina, Antony Paulraj, Southern Denmark University, Mon Nov 18 2013, 3:30 to 5:00pm
  • Supply Chain Management Track—“ Research Needs in Healthcare, Retail and Defense using Analytics: Practitioner's Perspective” Gloria Wren, Loyola University; Chris Panagiotopoulos, LifeBridge Health; Doug Norton, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems; Erik Van Ommeren, Sogeti; Shawn Herrin, UnderArmour, Mon Nov 18 2013, 3:30 to 5:00pm
  • Sustainable Operations TrackSharing the Wealth: The Interdisciplinary Nature of Sustainability Research”, Michael Russo, University of Oregon; Joseph Sarkis, Clark University; Nagesh N Murthy, University of Oregon, Sun Nov 17 2013, 8:30 to 10:00am

Elwood S. Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition
Instructional Innovation Award Competition
Best Teaching Case Studies Award Competition

Congratulations to the finalists. The winners of the above competitions will be selected after their presentations at the conference. Please see the list of finalists and the times of the competition sessions below.

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Specific Interest Groups (SIG) and Track Caucus:

  • SIGS:  The SIGS on Project Management (PM) and Making Statistics More Effective in Schools of Business (MSMESB) are active at the Annual Meeting this year.  PM has 7 sessions, while MSMESB has 10 sessions.
  • Track Caucus: Track Caucuses provide an opportunity for members with shared interests to network and explore potential collaboration, including establishing a Specific Interest Group.  Track Caucuses will be held from 5:00-6:00 pm on Monday. Join like-minded scholars and explore common research interests.

Special Event- Classroom Technology Sandbox
The DSI 2013 special event, Classroom Technology Sandbox, will take place on Sunday, November 17th and present a new venue for trying out technical products for classroom use.  The event is open to all conference attendees. Attendees don’t just meet the technology vendors but also get to experiment with the products and learn from colleagues that are already using the technology in the classroom.  Participating vendors include Cengage, Ivy Software, Responsive Learning Technologies and SAS. You can find the agenda for this event below.

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Special Workshop-Microsoft Windows 8 and DreamSpark Premium
On Monday, November 18th, Microsoft Executive, Bradley K Jensen, will hold two workshops, where he will demonstrate how to leverage Windows 8 and DreamSpark in the classroom. He will also share success stories from educators that have in-class experiences with both. Bring a Windows 8 laptop to these hands-on workshops.

New Talent Showcase
PhD students will showcase their research in several sessions enabling employers to observe job market candidates present.

Meals and Networking Opportunities
Continental breakfast will be offered from 7:45-8:15 am on Sunday, Monday, and 7:30-8:00 am on Tuesday. The Welcome Reception will be held on Saturday from 6:00-7:00 pm. On Sunday, Fellows Luncheon will take place from Noon-1:00 pm. The President’s Reception will follow on Monday, 6:00-7:00 pm. The conference will conclude on Tuesday with President’s Luncheon from 11:30-1:00 pm. Please join us during these events and take the opportunity to engage with colleagues, catch-up with friends and extend your networks.

I look forward to seeing you in Baltimore in November.  Please remember that this year’s conference will be held during the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving (one week earlier than normal).

Also, please check the Facebook and LinkedIn pages for DSI conference highlights.

Funda Sahin
2013 Annual DSI Program Chair



Hotel & Travel Information

The 2013 DSI Annual Meeting will be held November 16-19, 2013, (a week prior to Thanksgiving week) at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. This Inner Harbor hotel sits on the water's edge, offers spectacular views and is conveniently located in the near Harbor East neighborhood. The hotel provides easy access to the city's finest shops, restaurants and is in close proximity to the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, and the convention center, among many other visitor destination points.

The closest airport is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). International travelers will find convenient flights to BWI. Located about 10 miles (16 km) south of Baltimore and 32 miles (51 km) northeast of Washington, DC, it was recently ranked the 24th busiest airport in North America.

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Placement Services
The DSI Placement Services Website is open for the 2013 academic year.



Loyola University Maryland, Sellinger School of Business and Management




ACK (anonymous donor)

Alpha Iota Delta

Beta Gamma Sigma

Cengage Learning

FT Press, an imprint of Pearson

Hercher Publishing, Inc.

Ivey Software

Iowa State University College of Business

Minitab, Inc.

Ceyhun Ozgur

Responsive Learning Technologies

University of South Carolina, Center for Global Supply Chain and Process Management,
and Department of Management Science

See information on becoming a 2013 Annual Meeting Sponsor or Exhibitor.