Elwood S. Buffa Award

The Elwood S Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award identifies and recognizes outstanding doctoral research in the development of theory or applications of the decision sciences. Submitted dissertations examine diverse subjects within the areas of operations management, information systems and decision support systems. They employ a variety of methodological approaches.

Each year before the Annual Meeting, an outstanding group of reviewers carefully evaluate the dissertations in a double-blind evaluation process. The reviewers examine each dissertation in terms of its originality, contributions to theory, contribution to practice, quality of research design and methodology, and clarity of expression.

In 2017 two winners shared this award


Deepa Wani, UT San Antonio for his paper Investigating the Role of Internal Hospital Factors and the External Environment on Healthcare Quality Outcomes and Patient ChoiceHis Advisor was Manoj Malhotra.

Manoj Malhotra, Advisor to Buffa winner Deepa Wani,
accepts award from President Gupta.
David Dreyfus, Rutgers University for Essays on Service Disruptions and Efficiency in Acute Episodes of CareHis Advisor was Anand Nair.




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