Highest ratings to Duke, Harvard, Stanford
A newly-commissioned study of 34 graduate school decision programs in the United States rated those at Duke University, Harvard University, and Stanford University the leading prescriptive programs in the field, according to researchers at the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).
The leading descriptive graduate programs cited were Carnegie Mellon University, University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania. "Recognizing the importance of our nation’s intellectual decision making resources, the Decision Analysis Society, a professional society of INFORMS, decided to sponsor an inventory and evaluation of these resources," explained Ralph Keeney, one of the study’s authors and a past president of the Decision Analysis Society.
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"Inventory and Appraisal of U.S. Graduate Decision Programs" is by Ralph L. Keeney, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; Kelly E. See, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and Detlof von Winterfeldt, School of Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California.
The study examines graduate decision programs that are currently making important contributions to the decision fields. The authors relied on the number of faculty from various universities in the professional societies concerned with prescriptive decision analysis and descriptive decision research to select 24 top universities. Then, a list of ten faculty members at ten different universities helped select 10 additional universities in a polling process.
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