EDSI is the European Division of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI). EDSI 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 members of DSI and affiliated to EDSI, 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. DSI was founded in 1969 and celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2019, when the conference returned to New Orleans, the city where the first DSI conference was held.
EDSI works toward accomplishing DSI’s vision of becoming the premier society for decision-making professionals based on the following 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 and supply chains 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.