Stretch Goals for INFORMS

I encourage the INFORMS leadership to come up with a list of stretch goals.  Each goal should be plausibly achievable, and each goal should be worthy of achievement.  Here is my list.


  • Increase the membership of INFORMS to 15,000.
  • Increase the attendance at the annual practice meeting to 2,500.
  • Actively engage at least 80% of student chapters in activities that benefit the profession as a whole.
  • Ensure that at least 90% of all students enrolled in graduate programs of OR are members of INFORMS.
  • Do what it takes so that the retention rate of members in INFORMS is at least 90% every year.
  • Develop a successful series of well-utilized on-line (and free) tutorials for continuing education for our professionals.
  • Facilitate the creation of executive education programs that are heavily OR-based, especially in-house programs that can more heavily influence the activities of companies.
  • Help develop very wide awareness for OR as a profession that knows how to assess metrics that are difficult to measure and that knows how to solve problems in complex and uncertain environments.
  • Help ensure that at least 80% of American CEOs should know something about OR.
  • At least 80% of all MBA programs should have a very popular subject on “quantitative modeling for qualitative insights” (to paraphrase Steve Powell). INFORMS should facilitate the course creation.
  • All (or almost all) students leaving an MBA program should understand the potential benefits of operations research.


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