What is INFORMS?

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is an international society for practitioners in the fields of operations research (OR) and management science. It was established in 1995 with the merger of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) and The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS).

INFORMS serves the scientific and professional needs of Operations Researchers and those in the Management Sciences including educators, scientists, students, managers, and consultants. The Institute serves as a focal point for O.R. professionals, permitting them to communicate with each other and reach out to other professional societies, as well as the varied clientele of the profession’s research and practice.

INFORMS Services

  • Publishing 13 scholarly journals that describe the latest O.R. and analytics methods and applications and an industry and  membership magazine with news from across the profession.
  • Organizing national and international conferences for academics and professionals, as well as for members of the society’s special interest groups.
  • Providing analytics certification and continuing education to assist members and others in furthering their career
  • Click here for more information about the benefits of an INFORMS membership.

INFORMS Vision Statement

INFORMS is recognized as the premier organization for advancing the profession, practice, and science of operations research and management science.


INFORMS will advance the practice, research, methods, and applications or OR/MS by:

  • encouraging, facilitating, and rewarding excellence
  • communicating every aspect of OR/MS to all appropriate audiences through journals, conferences, magazines, the internet, and other appropriate media
  • promoting the achievements and capabilities of OR/MS professionals to managers and executives, policy makers, and the general public
  • providing lifelong education and career developmenrt opportunities to OR/MS professionals
  • attracting the best people to the field of OR/MS and attracting those in the field to INFORMS