INFORMS Strategic Plan

Vision: Better decision making for a just, prosperous, and sustainable world. Mission: INFORMS Advances and promotes the science and technology of decision making to save lives, save money, and solve problems. Values: Impact, Inclusion, Integrity, and Innovation. Goals: Ensure our operational excellence and long-term financial health; Advance science and technology of decision making and elevate its impact; Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in all we do; Champion our profession and our brand; Enhance member value and experience.
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The plan covers and embraces the full breadth of disciplines in the INFORMS community that are relevant to the vision and mission. As such, this includes operations research, analytics, management science, economics, behavioral science, statistics, artificial intelligence, data science, applied mathematics, and other relevant fields.

Approved by the INFORMS Board of Directors February 2021.


Taking a BIG TENT APPROACH to all activities to ensure that all individuals and organizations within our wider community are served well.

  • Expanding and improving all our core activities:
    • Growing and nurturing a diverse membership community
    • Publishing high-quality periodicals
    • Hosting must-attend events
    • Providing rich professional development programs that address market needs
    • Honoring and recognizing individuals within our community
    • Advocating on behalf of and promoting our community
  • Partnering with other organizations to pursue shared interests and goals
  • Providing valuable volunteering engagement opportunities that align with strategic goals
  • Engaging and leveraging our subdivisions in a holistic manner
  • Embracing operational innovation to align current and future
products, programs, and services to achieve our strategic goals in financially responsible ways
  • Creating an engaged and inspired staff environment
Download a copy of the INFORMS Strategic Plan

Read INFORMS President Steve Graves' OR/MS Today article about the Strategic Plan.