From M&SOM President

M&SOM Business Meeting at INFORMS Conference

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanks to everyone who attended M&SOM Business Meeting at INFORMS in San Francisco! The entire conference was a big success.

If you wish to see photos from the business meeting, here they are thanks to Pranab Majumder.  In case you missed the meeting, here are the minutes of the meeting, thanks to Guillaume Roels.  The most important information is winners of our many prizes, congratulations to them all!

2014 MSOM Distinguished Fellows
• Uday Karmarkar (UCLA)
• Robin Roundy (BYU)
• Matt Sobel (Case Western Reserve University)

2014 MSOM Distinguished Service Award
• Jeannette Song (Duke)
MSOM 2014 Best Paper Award
• Philipp Afeche (2013). Incentive-Compatible Revenue Management in Queuing Systems: Optimal Strategic Delay, M&SOM 15(3), 423-443.

MS Journal 2014 Best Paper Award in OM
• Ozalp Ozer, Karen Zheng, and Kay-Yut Chen. 2011. Trust in Forecast Information Sharing, Management Science 57(6).

• Finalists:
o Bray, Mendelson. 2012. Information Transmission and the Bullwhip Effect: An Empirical Investigation Management Science. 58(5).
o Cachon, Swinney. 2011. The Value of Fast Fashion: Quick Response, Enhanced Design, and Strategic Consumer Behavior Management Science. 57(4).
o Swinney. 2011. Selling to Strategic Consumers When Product Value Is Uncertain: The Value of Matching Supply and Demand Management Science. 57(10).

MSOM 2014 Student Paper Competition results
• First Prize: Jónas Oddur Jónasson (LBS), “Improving HIV Early Infant Diagnosis Supply Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa”. Primary Advisor: Jérémie Gallien
• First Prize: Yoni Gur (Stanford University), “Optimization in Online Content Recommendation Services: Beyond Click-Through Rates”. Primary Advisors: Omar Besbes, Assaf Zeevi
• Finalist: Antoine Désir (Columbia University), “Sparse Process Flexibility Designs: Is Long Chain Really Optimal”. Primary Advisor: Vineet Goyal (Columbia)
• Finalist: Karthik Murali (University of Illinois), “Municipal Groundwater Management: Optimal Allocation and Control of a Renewable Resource”. Primary Advisor: Nick Petruzzi
• Finalist: Yaron Shaposhnik (MIT), “Scheduling with Testing”. Primary Advisors: Retsef Levi and Thomas Magnanti
• Finalist:  Linwei Xin (Georgia Tech IsyE), “Optimality Gap of Constant-Order Policies Decays Exponentially in the Lead Time for Lost Sales Models”. Primary Advisor: David Goldberg

2014 MSOM Young Scholar Award
• Winner: Xuanming Su (University of Pennsylvania)

iFORM SIG 2014 Best Paper Award
• Winner: Li, L., Shubik, M., Sobel, M. J. (2013). Control of dividends, capital subscriptions, and physical inventories. Management Science 59(5), 1107-1124.

From M&SOM President

M&SOM Student Paper competition finalists annouced

With thanks to Goker Aydin, Guillaume Roels, and Gil Souza, Chairs, 2014 MSOM Student Paper Competition, we have the following list of competition finalists:


2014 MSOM Student Paper Competition

Announcement of Finalists

We are pleased to announce the six finalists of the 2014 M&SOM student paper competition. The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Antoine Désir, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Columbia University, “Sparse Process Flexibility Designs: Is Long Chain Really Optimal?

Yonatan Gur, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, “Optimization in Online Content Recommendation Services: Beyond Click-Through-Rates”

Jónas Oddur Jónasson, London Business School, “Improving HIV Early Infant Diagnosis Supply Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa”

Karthik Murali, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Municipal Groundwater Management: Optimal Allocation and Control of a Renewable Resource”

Yaron Shaposhnik, Operations Research Center, MIT, “Scheduling with Testing”

Linwei Xin, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, “Optimality Gap of Constant-Order Policies Decays Exponentially in the Lead Time for Lost Sales Models”

The finalists were selected out of a pool of 105 submissions based on the input from a large panel of experienced judges. Many judges commented on the excellence of the papers this year, which made it a difficult task to select the finalists.

We will announce the winners — first and second place — at the M&SOM Business Meeting (INFORMS, San Francisco), on Sunday November 9th at 6:15pm. Please check the conference program to find the exact location of the business meeting.  We invite the M&SOM community at large to attend.

In addition, each finalist will present his/her work in one of two special M&SOM sessions scheduled for Monday 11/10/14, 1:30-3:00pm, and 4:30-6:00pm. We will follow up with additional information about these sessions later.  We hope you will be able to attend these sessions!

Please join us in congratulating the finalists.

Goker Aydin, Guillaume Roels, and Gil Souza

Chairs, 2014 MSOM Student Paper Competition


M&SOM Review

Welcome to M&SOM Review!

home_msom_msom_nameplateThis blog is a new initiative to be launched in 2015.  Please stay tuned.

The motivation of this new online initiative is due to the fact that M&SOM Journal articles are written for OM researchers primarily. Consequently, non-OM researchers are often unable to see through the thicket of technical analysis; unable to appreciate the relevance of various M&SOM articles; and unable to apply the research findings of many M&SOM articles that could influence research in other fields or OM practice. To make M&SOM articles more accessible, authors of recently published M&SOM papers will be invited to distill the essence of their respective articles into short articles (say, 1000-1500 words) without any technical jargon or analysis, published here.  The writing style of MSOM-Review articles should be similar to those articles published in Wall Street Journal, the Economist (“Leaders” section), the Guardian Professional (, etc. To increase the citation count of M&SOM articles and to promote these authors, each MSOM-Review article should refer to the original M&SOM article.

We hope that MSOM-Review can create a more vibrant OM community that engages academics, practitioners, and graduate students. Through this kind of interaction, our OM research community can learn more about issues arising from practice and the practitioners can benefit from our academic research.

This blog is a new initiative to be launched in 2015.  Please stay tuned.

From M&SOM President

Welcome to M&SOM Society Blog!

MSOM_Logo_large.jpg.pagespeed.ce.pGHcaxSUEVIt is finally here! Going forward, M&SOM blog will the forum for disseminating research, teaching and for general outreach to the society members and beyond. Time will show how the blog evolves, but at the very least we see it serving the following purposes:

1. As a platform for M&SOM Board to update Society members on what is happening in the Society.  While we reach out to the society from time to time through M&SOM mailing list, there is no simple way to access older posts.

2. As a supplement for M&SOM Journal.  We envision that the authors of work that appears in M&SOM would in parallel write a short, accessible article explaining key findings to wider audiences.

3. As a forum for M&SOM Society members to offer their views and takes on the discipline, including discussion of promising research and teaching approaches.  Although we do have OM Forum articles in M&SOM Journal, shorter/simpler articles would be better published as blogs.

Welcome to M&SOM blog and please feel free to offer your views on what would be great to have here!