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.

SOME STRETCH GOALS  FOR INFORMS (AND THE  OR  COMMUNITY) TO ACHIEVE BY THE YEAR 2020.

  • 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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