7th Annual Conference of the European Decision Sciences Institute May 24th to 27th May, 2016

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7th Annual Conference
The Water Footprint of Decision Sciences
Helsinki, May 24th - May 27th, 2016


Clean water has become a scarce resource on the planet. So sweet and salty water is needed everywhere. In many places, drinking water is running out, oceans polluted so that they are no longer able to produce enough food for the growing human population. Also, the industry suffers from a lack of clean water.

This Boat Seminar on the Baltic Sea creates a unique setting to focus on "Water Footprint".

As the Conference fosters interdisciplinary research, we invite contributions from all disciplines relevant to decision making and decision processes, in addition to the conference theme.

Watch our video on Helsinki

EDSI 2016 - Video

We would like to sincerely thank the Authors, Professors, Researchers, Doctoral Students, cooperating organizations and supporters for their invaluable contribution, time and effort, in making the 7th EDSI Conference a success. Warm thank you for joining the EDSI 2016 Conference in Helsinki.

Potential topics included but were not limited to:

List of topics

  • Advances in Decision Theory
  • Behavioral Aspects of Operations Management
  • Globalization of Manufacturing
  • Innovations in Information Technology Applications
  • Innovative Applications in Modelling and Decision Techniques
  • Network Analysis
  • New Trends in Entrepreneurship
  • Performance Management
  • Public Procurement
  • Public Sector Decision Making
  • Purchasing and Supply Management
  • Risk Management
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Finance
  • Supply Chain Operations Management
  • Sustainability and CSR
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • Analytical Negotiation Models
  • CleanTech and Decision Sciences
  • Water Footprint in the Supply Chain
  • Sustainable SCM

Scientific Committee

¨       Markku Kuula, Aalto University, Finland (Program Chair)

¨       Gyöngyi Kovács, Hanken School of Economics, Finland (Program Co-chair)

¨       Juha Honkonen, National Defence University, Finland (Program Co-chair)

¨       Carmela Di Mauro, Università di Catania, Italy

-       Şükran Nilvana Atadeniz,  Yeditepe University, Turkey

-       Ram Narasimhan, Michigan State University, USA

¨       Jan Stentoft Arlbjørn, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

¨       Constantin Blome, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

¨       Bart MacCarthy, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

¨       Gyula Vastag, National University of Public Service, Hungary

Submission and important dates

You can send your proposal as «attachment» to an email message to Ms Anna R. Gasiorowska at the following address: anna.gasiorowska@aalto.fi.

All submissions will be subject to a double blind review.

Prepare your manuscript according to the EDSI 2016 full paper template

If you wish to submit an extended abstract/working paper, please follow the guidelines.

Some of the papers will be invited to submit to Operations Management Research: http://link.springer.com/journal/12063.

Please also indicate if you are submitting your paper for the general track or for one of the special tracks (indicate special track number or “general”).

Upon notification of acceptance of an abstract, authors may submit a full paper by Apr 15, 2016. Only full papers will be published in the conference proceedings.


Work in progress abstract submission

Feb 8th, 2016

Full paper submission

Feb 8th, 2016

Notification of the review process

February 23*

Final paper submission

Apr 15th, 2016

* Attention:
Due to the exceptional interest in  EDSI 2016, we need to change Notification Deadline to February 23. Thank you for your kind understanding.

Organizing Committee

¨       Juha Honkonen, National Defence University, Finland

¨       Gyöngyi Kovács, Hanken School of Economics, Finland

¨       Markku Kuula, Aalto University, School of Business, Finland 

¨       Anna R. Gasiorowska,  EDSI 2016, Finland 

¨      Saadat Ali Yawar, Aalto University, Finland

Important Timings & Venues;    EDSI2016Program

All Particpants

The Conference venue is the cruise boat m/s Gabriella travelling between Helsinki – Stockholm - Helsinki. The participants will spend two nights onboard: May 25 - 26 and May 26 - 27. The participants will also have the opportunity to visit Stockholm center and Old Town for about five hours when the boat is anchored at the Harbor of Stockholm on Thursday, May 26.

On Wednesday, May 25 boarding the cruise ship will happen between 12:00 - 12:30 at Helsinki Katajanokka Harbor/Viking Terminal, Mastokatu 1. Map.

The 7th EDSI Conference Program starts at 12:45 with Official Welcome and Keynote Speakers.

You can reach Viking Terminal be tram No 4 from the city center direction Katajanokka.

Doctoral Consortium Participants

Doctoral Consortium on May 24 - 25 is taking place in Tuusula, nearly 30 km from Helsinki city center.

Participants meet on Tuesday, May 24 at 08:30 in front of Kiasma Museum and General Mannerheim statue in the center of Helsinki, not far from the main railway station.

Meeting point address is Manneheiminaukio/Mannerheimplatsen 2. Map.


Hotel Reservation Information

We have negotiated preferential hotel room prices for EDSI Helsinki Conference participants. If you arrive before the beginning of the Conference, or you wish to stay in Helsinki after the Conference, please refer to the attached file.HOTEL RESERVATION INOFRMATION.pdf

Tentative Program



DateTime Activity
MAY 24, 20168:30Buses leave Helsinki to Tuusula Conference Center, about 30 km from Helsinki
Tuusula10:00 -

Doctoral Consortium with workshops in Tuusula

Sessions & Accommodation Reserved for Doctoral Consortium Participants

MAY 25, 2016


12:00 - 12:30

12:30 - 12:45









15:00 - 19:00

Boarding the boat at Helsinki Katajanokka Port, Viking Line Terminal


Official Welcome Markku Kuula, Past President, European Decision Sciences Institute EDSI, Aalto Univeristy, Finland

Gyöngyi Kovacs, Erkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics, HUMLOG Institute, Hanken School of Economics, Finland

Carmela Di Mauro, President, European Decision Sciences Institute EDSI, University of Catania, Italy

Keynote Speaker Professor Karen Spens, Rector, Hanken School of Economics, Finland "The new way of doing good at universities".

Keynote Speaker Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament,

“How decision makers evaluate complex environmental issues in the EU”

Keynote Speaker Pamela Nolz, Scientist

Mobility Department, Dynamic Transportation Systems, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria

 “Water distribution in disaster relief”

Parallel Sessions

16:45Latest time to board the ship (boat gates closed Finnish time zone)


The boat leaves Helsinki for Stockholm

21:00Social Dinner on the boat
MAY 26, 20168 a.m.Breakfast
 9:30 - 11:15Parallel Sessions on the boat
Stockholm11:15 - 15:30

Visit Stockholm








Latest time to board the boat (Swedish time zone)

(boat gates closed at 15.45 Swedish time zone)

Boat anchored at Stockholm Statsgården Port, Viking Line Terminal

Address: Stadsgården, Tegelvikshamn, SE-11630 Stockholm

GPS: N/lat 59° 18' 54,2", E/lon: 18° 5' 45,37"

The boat leaves Stockholm for Helsinki

 16:00 - 18:45Parallel Sessions
 7 p.m.Social Dinner
MAY 27,  20168 a.m.Breakfast

8:45 - 09:45



09:45 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:15

Discussion Panel “Multi-tier, Multinational Sustainable Supply Chains”

Chair: Wendy L. Tate, University of Tennessee, USA

Panelists: Joe Miemczyk, Audiencia Business School, Nantes, France; Lisa Ellram, Miami University, USA; Lydia Bals, Hochschule Mainz, Germany; Anne Quarshie, Aalto University School of Business, Finland

Session "Humanitarian Logistics"


Farewell Note



11:30 - 18:30

Bus leaves for optional visits; we warmly encourage you to join:

  1.  Vantaa Energy, innovative city energy company

"A New Life For Rubbish"

2.  Heureka, The Finnish Science Center in Vantaa

"Science & Technology in an Engaging & Interactive Way"

3. "Aquatic Ecosystem of Creeks & Rivers in Vantaa" - Theme of the Year 2016.

On the bus we have the opportunity to listen to Mr Jukka Halonen:  "The Uniqueness & Protection of  Creeks & Rivers in Vantaa". Mr Halonen is an expert passionate about the cultural and environmental landscape of Vantaa. Vantaa is a city and municipality bordering with Helsinki.


 Special track EDSI Special Paper Track.docx and panel discussion on sustainability EDSI Sustainablity panel.docx

 4th EDSI Doctoral Student Consortium 

Tuusula May 24, 2016


EDSI welcomes doctoral students to participate in the 4th Doctoral Consortium organized on May 24th, 2016. Students pursuing their doctorates in decision sciences, operations management, management science, and related business fields are all most warmly welcome. The objective of the workshop is to assist PhD students in developing and improving their research projects through participative and interactive sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to present their research proposals,which will be discussed by their colleagues and re-known senior faculty members.

The workshop provides an environment in which students can learn about the key factors that contribute to success in their doctoral program. The importance of choosing the right academic position will be discussed, along with dos and don’ts of the job search process. This workshop will help doctoral students to effectively initiate their academic careers to ensure productive citizenship in academia. 

Doctoral candidates or young researchers interested in attending and presenting their projects should send an extended abstract (3-4 pages) by March 1st, 2016 to the workshop coordinator Dr. Saadat Ali Yawar (sadaat.aliyawar@aalto.fi).

There will be no fee for the Doctoral Student Consortium. Students who wish to attend the annual EDSI Conference taking place in the following two days, on May 25 - 26, are required to pay the regular student registration fee. All accepted papers will be included in the EDSI2016 Conference Proceedings.

The number of participants is limited, so we encourage candidates to apply early.


Krishna Dhir, University of Hawai'i, USA

Keong Leong,  Califomia State University Dominguez Hills


 Conference registration

Early bird registration (until March 24, 2016), all prices in EUROs €

All prices in EUROs

Cabin for 1 person

Additional payment for

Spouse in the same cabin

Cabin for 2 persons

(price per person)

DSI Members




Ph.D. Students




Standard registration (after March 24, 2015)

All prices in EUROs

Cabin for 1 person

Additional payment for

Spouse in the same cabin

Cabin for 2 persons

(price per person)

DSI Members




Ph.D. Students




Early/Standard fees include:

Admission to all academic sessions, handout materials and conference proceedings, cabin, 2 x buffet breakfast, welcome reception on Wednesday May 25, Conference Dinner on Thursday May 26, and refreshments throughout the conference.

To become DSI Member, please, visit the following website: https://www.decisionsciences.org/Membership/Join-Renew.

 How to register - the link below:


 Link to the registration





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