2019 NEDSI ANNUAL CONFERENCE

FROM DR. ERIC STEIN - THE PROGRAM CHAIR

NEDSI 2019-Philadelphia, PA


Theme: "Leveraging Innovation to Make Sustainable Business Decisions"


As program chair, I am pleased to invite you to the 2019 Northeast Decision Sciences Annual Meeting to be held April 4-6, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. The three-day conference will start on Thursday and continue through Saturday night. 


Our knowledge-sharing will take place through the delivery of scores of research papers, abstracts and panels at our upcoming conference. We also will feature research poster sessions by outstanding undergraduate students. 


All paid attendees are invited to the welcome session, breaks, receptions and the President’s Dinner and Award Ceremony.


Our conference theme is, “Leveraging Innovation to Make Sustainable Business Decisions." We encourage attendees to consider all aspects of the theme in their works. For example, what are sustainable business decisions? What is innovation? What types of innovations lead to sustainable outcomes?  What can be learned from triple-bottom companies where sustainable outcomes are built into the DNA of the company? Which organizations offer lessons learned in how to make sustainable business decisions? Preference will be given to papers that shed light on the issues related to the theme.


In addition to the work of the conference, we will feature tours of local universities, businesses, city landmarks, and innovation centers.


The host hotel will be Hilton DoubleTree in downtown Philadelphia, which is centrally located with convenient access to restaurants, theater, shopping, and public transportation.


The host organization is the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate and Professional Studies, whose main campus is located about 25 miles from downtown Philadelphia. Penn State Great Valley is a leader in providing professional graduate programs in the fields of engineering, information science, leadership, technology, data analytics, and management. Its newest campus is located in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, a seat of innovation and creative real estate development. 


I want to extend my personal thanks to Doug Hales and Joy Field for help in planning the conference. I also want to thank President Neset Hikmet and the NEDSI Board for their support of the conference being held this year in Philadelphia. Finally, I wish to thank Vivian Landrum, Executive Director of the Decision Sciences Institute, for her help and assistance with the conference, Koray Ozpolat for help in updating the web site, and the staff at Exordo for helping set up the conference management system.


I am proud to represent Penn State as Program Chair with the support of our Chancellor, Dr. James Nemes.  Without his commitment, this event might not have been possible.


We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia, April 4-6 2019!


Eric W. Stein, Ph.D.

Program Chair, NEDSI 2019

Associate Professor of Management Science and Information Systems

Management Division

Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Malvern, PA