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INFORMS is The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. It is the world's largest professional society for practitioners in the fields of operations research and management science. It was established in 1995 with the merger of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) and The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS). Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_important. ... This Manual of Style has the simple purpose of making things easy to read by following a consistent format — it is a style guide. ... Operations Research, or simply OR is an interdisciplinary science which deploys scientific methods like mathematical modeling, statistics, and algorithms to decision making in complex real-world problems which are concerned with coordination and execution of the operations within an organization. ... Management science, or MS, is the discipline of using mathematics, and other analytical methods, to help make better business decisions. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The society serves the scientific and professional needs of O.R. educators, investigators, scientists, students, managers, and consultants, as well as the organizations they serve. INFORMS publishes 12 scholarly journals about operations research, including the first and second journals in their class, according to Journal Citation Reports (2005).

The Institute organizes national and international conferences for academics, professionals, and members of the society's special interest groups. It also serves as a focal point for O.R. professionals by facilitating communication among members of the society, with members of other professional societies, and with their clients. INFORMS is a member of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies. Operations research applies advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions.



INFORMS is governed by a board of directors, which includes a president, past president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, executive director, and vice presidents for chapters and fora, education, information technology, international activities, meetings, membership and professional recognition, practice, publications, sections and societies, and marketing and outreach.


INFORMS membership offers a selection of journals, conferences, and additional benefits. INFORMS members are operations researchers who work for universities, corporations, consulting groups, military, the government, and health care. Many operations researchers are academics who teach operations research, management science, and the quantitative sciences in engineering and business schools. INFORMS members live in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and throughout the world. INFORMS includes masters- and Ph.D.-level members, as well as students working toward their degrees. Membership levels are regular member, student member, and retired member. The INFORMS Roundtable includes institutional members from operations research departments at major organizations. Members of INFORMS specialize in operations research sub-fields such as applied probability, artificial intelligence, decision analysis, financial engineering, information systems, linear programming, logistics, non-linear programming, optimization, simulation, stochastic programming, and yield management.


INFORMS publishes 12 scholarly journals, including the flagship journals Operations Research and Management Science, and the online-only journal INFORMS Transactions on Education, as well as the membership magazine OR/MS Today, the student membership magazine OR/MS Tomorrow, book series, and INFORMS Cases and Teaching Materials. The INFORMS journals are: Decision Analysis Information Systems Research INFORMS Journal on Computing INFORMS Transactions on Education (an online, open-access journal) Interfaces Management Science Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Marketing Science Mathematics of Operations Research Operations Research Organization Science Transportation Science All INFORMS scholarly journals are peer-reviewed.


INFORMS meetings provide scholars and practitioners with the opportunity to exchange information, ideas, and perspectives with their colleagues. INFORMS offers an annual meeting, a conference on the practice of operations research, international meetings, a summer workshop on the teaching of management science, and special interest group meetings.

INFORMS Communities

INFORMS communities - also known as subdivisions - are important, independent bodies that unite members into local regional groups, focus on special technical interests, and provide the backbone for the organization. Many members belong to more than one group. Communities sponsor conferences, regular meetings, sessions at annual meetings, educational programs, and awards; some provide professional journals and resource publications. INFORMS communities include societies, special interest sections, local and student chapters, forums, a special student honors society, and a Round Table whose members are representatives of O.R. departments at major organizations.


INFORMS bestows many prizes to recognize superior achievements in practice, publishing, and teaching, and to acknowledge those who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. Prizes include the Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences, which recognizes outstanding high-level O.R. practice; the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice; the Frederick W. Lanchester Prize for the best contribution to O.R. published in English; the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award, the George E. Kimball Medal for distinguished service; the George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition, the INFORMS Expository Writing Award, the INFORMS Impact Prize for contributions that have had a broad impact on the field, the INFORMS President’s Award to an individual for important contributions to INFORMS and the profession, the INFORMS Prize, for effective integration of O.R. into an organization, the INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice, the John von Neumann Theory Prize, the Philip McCord Morse Lectureship Award, and the Omega Rho Distinguished Lecture Series. INFORMS communities/subdivisions also honor members, with over 35 prizes and awards.


INFORMS sponsors many educational and training programs, including the INFORMS Forum on Education, Junior Faculty Interest Group Forum, case and teaching materials, multimedia resources, a Speakers Program, a listing of O.R. graduate and undergraduate programs, and a teacher training program for high school math teachers.


INFORMS has a Job Placement Service that matches employers and members who are job seekers. The yearly highlight takes place at the society’s annual meeting, where employers have the opportunity to meet job candidates and members are able to advance their careers.

Public Awareness

INFORMS explains the field of operations research and its tremendous potential impact through an active public relations program and a website, [1], which includes examples, case studies, and a directory of consultants.

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