School of Business and Economics


10 Aug 2018

Stewart Robinson and Michael Mortenson awarded the 2018 EURO award for Best Paper

Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean of the School of Business and Economics, and recent PhD graduate Dr Michael Mortenson have won a European Association of Operational Research societies (EURO) best paper award for “Operational research from Taylorism to Terabytes: A research agenda for the analytics age”.

The paper, published in the European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR) in March 2015, was praised by the EURO committee as being an “excellent publication”, and was chosen based on three main criteria:

  • the scientific quality of the paper;
  • the originality of the paper;
  • the relevance to operational research.

Professor Robinson said:

“The paper describes the history of reasoned management decision making, as opposed to intuitive approaches, describing it as the ‘dianoetic’ management paradigm. 

“Our key focus is on how the paradigm has evolved into modern day analytics and data science, with a specific focus on the role of operational research. 

“The research was supported by the Operational Research Society, and we are pleased that this award also recognises the contribution of our late colleague and co-author Professor Neil Doherty.”

The 2018 EURO conference took place in Valencia, Spain, 8th - 11th July where the award certificate was presented to Professor Robinson at the closing session.

Decision sciences, often defined as the study of decision making, is a key research theme at the School and informs several strands of teaching across our degree programmes.