In November 1968, a small group of faculty members representing a national cross-section of schools met in Atlanta to lay the groundwork for an organization that would encourage interdisciplinary communication in the emerging field of decision sciences.

A year later, about 100 charter members met in New Orleans to hold the first annual meeting of the American Institute for the Decision Sciences (renamed Decision Sciences Institute in 1986). The annual meeting now draws over 1,500 participants who are interested in active dialogue in the now well-established discipline. The Institute’s flagship journal, Decision Sciences, first published in 1970, is now a highly recognized publication among practitioners and academicians.

See 1989 Decision Line article by Past President Bernard Taylor of Virginia Tech about the first 20 years of DSI.

Excerpt: Since this year’s annual meeting in New Orleans will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Institute, I would like to take this opportunity to provide a brief history of our organization. This will serve to recognize some of the milestone events in the Institute as well as acknowledge a few of the many important contributors to our success. However, before beginning, let me note that I have compiled this history from somewhat limited information, and thus I offer an apology in advance for those important events and individuals I unintentionally omit.

The beginning of our organization can be traced to a letter sent by Dennis Grawoig on April 10, 1968, to approximately 1000 faculty members at colleges or schools of business business, promoting the idea “of developing some type of association for business school faculty members interested in the quantitative area.”