Best Practices in Planning a US Regional DSI Conference

Have any of you…

  • Organized plant tours during the conference?
  • Hosted high-profile speakers?
  • Found significant cost savings on housing and meals?
  • Collaborated with other regional business organizations such as Federated Business Disciplines (SWDSI, we want to learn how it works)

In addition, we’d like to learn…

  • Do you have a Meet the Editors session?
  • Which sessions draw the biggest crowds?
  • Conference management system (CMS) recommendations, prices, (and maybe ones to stay away from)
  • What works best in terms of platform/frequency of communicating with participants?  E-mail the entire listserv?  Message through CMS?  Post on the website?
  • Best ways to set fees for breaking even in the long run without pricing us out of the market, especially in light of decreased funding from textbook sponsors
  • Do you bring or rent screens?  Do portable tabletop screens work?
Jeet Gupta
Workshop Coordinator, Best Practices in Planning a US Regional DSI Conference
2018 Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute
guptaj@uah.edu