European Decision Sciences Institute

EDSI, a regional subdivision of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), is a nonprofit professional organization of European researchers, managers, educators, and students interested in decision-making techniques and processes in private and public organizations. Members of EDSI are automatically members of DSI and as such can leverage on the long history of the parent organization, giving access to a global network of members and resources.

EDSI was founded in August 2009 by approval of the board of DSI under its President Ram Narasimhan and President-Elect G. Keong Leong. EDSI works toward accomplishing DSI’s vision of becoming the premier society for decision-making professionals based on a number of key principles.

EDSI Executive Board

Key Officers

President: Gyula Vastag, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
President-Elect: Guido Orzes, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Immediate Past-President: Markku Kuula, Aalto University, Finland
DSI VP for Europe: Bart MacCarthy, Nottingham University, UK
Treasurer: PJ Byrne, Dublin City University, Ireland
Secretary General: Melek Akın Ateş, Sabanci University, Turkey
Board Members:
Sabine Baumann, Jade University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Carmela Di Mauro, University of Catania, Italy
Mihalis Giannakis, Audencia Business School, France
Marco Sartor, University of Udine, Italy
Ou Tang, Professor, Linköping University, Sweden

Regional Advisor to the board: Sri Sridharan, Clemson University, USA

Past EDSI Conferences

Lund University (Sweden), May 31 – June 1, 2021

University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), June 2 – June 5, 2019

University of Udine and Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Udine & Venice (Italy), June 3 – June 6, 2018

University of Granada, Granada (Spain), May 29 – June 1, 2017

Aalto University and Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki (Finland), May 24 – May 27, 2016

University of Catania, Taormina (Italy), May 31 – June 3, 2015

Southern Denmark University, Kolding (Denmark), June 29 – July 2, 2014

Budapest Business School, Budapest (Hungary), June, 16-19, 2013

Kemerburgaz University, Istanbul (Turkey), June, 24-27, 2012

EBS Business School, Wiesbaden/Frankfurt (Germany), June, 24-25, 2011

IESE Business School, Barcelona (Spain), July, 2-3, 2010

Key Principles

Focus on Relevant Academic Research and Knowledge Dissemination

EDSI aims to promote research about business decisions in the European context. It endorses research that meets the requirements of academic rigor and business relevance. The institute disseminates research of its members within the academic and the business community by means of publications, conferences and other services. Target audiences are the academic community — both graduate students and faculty — as well as business practitioners that are interested in cutting edge research.

Use of Multidisciplinary Research Approach

For EDSI, business decisions are not restricted to the classical decision sciences, but are seen in a wider context, ranging from operations to marketing and finance as well as other areas. EDSI provides a forum for research that approaches complex business decision problems with a multidisciplinary perspective, using accepted, rigorous research methodologies.

Create a Truly European Network

EDSI wants to foster multi-national research in Europe, giving the academic community from the Atlantic to the Urals, from the Polar Circle to the Mediterranean a forum to network and engage in joint research projects. In doing so the network also aims to foster efforts of its members to obtain research funds from national and trans-national institutions such as the European Commission (e.g., CORDIS). EDSI is also committed to linking the European community to its peers around the globe.

Emphasize Teaching and Research

EDSI sees excellence in teaching as a key enabler to disseminate its research and have impact in the business community. To achieve this objective EDSI provides a platform for dissemination of research related to the pedagogical dimension of business decision problems.

Collaboration with established European research networks

EDSI defines itself as a complement to established European research networks and, as such, it supports and welcomes collaboration with different organizations.