EDSI is the European regional subdivision of the Decision Sciences Institute. It was founded in 2009 with the objective of linking academicians and practitioners of the European continent and to provide a common platform for presenting and sharing research in the study of decision processes across disciplines.
EDSI has the following goals and objectives:
• 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.
In November 1968, a small group of faculty members representing a national cross-section of schools met in Atlanta to lay the groundwork for an organization that would encourage interdisciplinary communication in the emerging field of decision sciences.
A year later, about 100 charter members met in New Orleans to hold the first annual meeting of the American Institute for the Decision Sciences (renamed Decision Sciences Institute in 1986). The annual meeting now draws over 1,500 participants who are interested in active dialogue in the now well-established discipline. The Institute's flagship journal, Decision Sciences, first published in 1970, is now a highly recognized publication among practitioners and academicians.
EDSI has been founded in Summer 2009 in Paris.