Decision Sciences and MIS


The Decision Sciences Department has three major research disciplines: statistics, operations research and operations management. Statistics research topics include datamining, quality control, correlation/covariance and skewness models; in Operations Research, nonlinear optimization, which encompasses a range of mathematical methods to model and optimize the performance of complex systems in business, engineering, and medicine; and in Operations Management, the modeling and analysis of strategic and operational decisions in supply chain management and healthcare systems.

Recent Works

Gan, L., Wei, L., Huang, S., Lev, Benjamin, and Jiang, W., Evaluation of City-Industry Integration Development and Regional Differences Under the New Urbanization: A Case Study of Sichuan. Applied Sciences 12 (May 2022): 4698.

Zheng, X-X, Chang, C-T, Li, D-F., Liu, Z, and Lev, Benjamin, Designing an incentive scheme for producer responsibility organization of waste tires: A MCGP cooperative game approach. Computers and Industrial Engineering 167 (May 2022): 108009.

Ma, Y., Zhao, Y., Wang, X., Feng, C., Zhou, X., and Lev, Benjamin, Integrated BWM-Entropy weighting and MULTMOORA method with probabilistic linguistic information for the evaluation of Waste Recycling Apps. Applied Intelligence (Apr 2022): 1-24.

Zhang, Zhe, Gong, X., Song, X., Yin, Y., Lev, Benjamin, and Chen, J., A column generation-based exact solution method for seru scheduling problems. OMEGA 108 (Apr 2022): 102581.

Zhang, Z., Song, X., Gong, X., Yin, Y., Lev, Benjamin, and Zhou, X., An effective heuristic based on 3-opt strategy for seru scheduling problems with learning effect. International Journal of Production Research (Mar 2022):

Lin, Q., Zhao, Q., and Lev, Benjamin, Influenza vaccine supply chain coordination under uncertain supply and demand. European Journal of Operational Research 297 (Mar 2022): 930-948.

Gan, L., Wang, L., Hu, Z., Lev, Benjamin, Gang, J., and Lan, H., Do geologic hazards affect the sustainability of rural development? Evidence from rural areas in China. Journal of Cleaner Production 339 (Mar 2022): 130693.

Yan, Y., Zhao, Q., Qin, Z., and Lev, Benjamin, Inter-competitor Outsourcing: On the Advantages of Profit and Product Launching Time. Transportation Research Part E 158 (Feb 2022): 102581.

Zhang, Z., Song, X., Huang, H., Yin, Y., and Lev, Benjamin, Scheduling problem in seru production system considering DeJong’s learning effect and job splitting. Annals of Operations Research (Jan 2022):

Ma, Y., Xu, W., Wang, X., Li, Z., and Lev, Benjamin, Evaluate the locations for smart waste bins using BWM and WASPAS methods under a probabilistic linguistic environment. Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems 41 (Dec 2021): 7199-7218.

Wang, H., Bai, C., Wei, Q., and Lev, Benjamin, Inventory and pricing decisions when dealing with strategic consumers: a comprehensive analysis. Computers and Operations Research 136 (Dec 2021): 105473.

Salmani, Yasamin, and Partovi, F. Y., Channel-level resource allocation decision in multichannel retailing: A U.S. multchannel company application. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services 63 (Nov 2021):

Lu, J., Jia, X., Lev, Benjamin, Zhang, C., Gao, Y., Zhao, M., and He, Y., How to understand ‘salable fake goods’ and ‘unsalable quality goods’? An insight from the view of quality responsibility and consumers’ brand loyalty. Technology in Society 67 (Nov 2021): 101793.

Ma, Y., Zhang, W., Feng, C., Lev, Benjamin, and Li, Z., A bi-level multi-objective location-routing model for municipal waste management with obnoxious effects. Waste Management 135 (Nov 2021): 109-121.

Zheng, X., Li, D-F., Liu, Z, Jia, F., and Lev, Benjamin, Willingness-to-cede behaviour in sustainable supply chain coordination. International Journal of Production Economics 240 (Oct 2021): 108207.

Tang, M., Liao, H., Mi, X., Lev, Benjamin, and Pedrycz, W., A hierarchical consensus reaching process for group decision making with noncooperative behaviors. European Journal of Operational Research 293 (Sep 2021): 632-642.

Wu, X., Liao, H., Lev, Benjamin, and Zavadskas, E. K., A multiple criteria decision-making method with heterogeneous linguistic expressions. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (Sep 2021):

Gan, L., Wang, Yuanyuan, Wang, Y., Lev, Benjamin, Shen, W., and Jiang, W., Coupling coordination analysis with data-driven technology for disaster-economy-ecology system: An empirical study in China. Natural Hazards 107 (May 2021): 2123-2153.

Tian, X., Song, Y., Luo, C., Zhou, X., and Lev, Benjamin, Herding Behavior in Supplier Innovation Crowdfunding: Evidence from Kickstarter. International Journal of Production Economics 239 (Sep 2021): 108184.

Lee, Jinwook, and Prekopa, Andras, Clusters of high-dimensional interval data and related Boolean functions of events in Euclidean space. Annals of Operations Research (Jul 2021):

Hill, Chelsey, Li, James, Schneider, Matthew, and Wells, Martin T., The Tensor Auto-Regressive Model. Journal of Forecasting (Jul 2021):

Gupta, Sachin, Moutafis, Panos, and Schneider, Matthew, To Protect Consumer Data, Don’t Do Everything on the Cloud. Harvard Business Review (Digital Article) (Jun 2021):

Fang, Jin, and Partovi, F. Y., Criteria determination of Analytic hierarchy process using a topic model. Expert System with Application 169 (May 2021):

Hendiani, S., Lev, Benjamin, and Gharehbaghi, A., Diagnosing social failures in sustainable supply chains using a modified Pythagorean fuzzy distance to ideal solution. Computers and Industrial Engineering 154 (Apr 2021): 107156.

Zhou, X., Chen, K., Wen, H., Lin, J., Zhang, K., Tian, X., Wang, S., and Lev, Benjamin, Integration of third-party platforms: does it really hurt them?. International Journal of Production Economics 234 (Apr 2021): 108003.

Devlin, Anna, Review of Behavioral Operational Research: A Capabilities Approach. INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics 51 (Aug 2021):

Wang, Conglong, Le-Scherban, Felice, Taylor, Jennifer, Salmoirago-blotcher, Elana, Allison, Matthew A., Gefen, David, Robinson, Lucy, and Michael, Yvonne, The Associations of Job Strain, Life Events and Social Strain with Coronary Heart Disease in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study. Journal of the American Heart Association 10 (Mar 2021): e017780.

Xiong, Chuanhui, Devlin, Anna, Gupta, Jatinder N., and Liu, Xiangrong, Effect of Price Reduction on Renewable Energy Technology Supply Chain Performance and Contract Design. Journal of the Operational Research Society (Feb 2021):

Fresneda, Jorge, Burnham, Thomas, and Hill, Chelsey, Structural Topic Modeling Segmentation: A Segmentation Method Combining Latent Content and Customer Context. Journal of Marketing Management (Feb 2021):

Ogunranti, Leke, Ceryan, Oben, and Banerjee, A., Buyer-Supplier Currency Exchange Rate Flexibility Contracts in Global Supply Chains. European Journal of Operational Research 288 (Feb 2021): 420-435.

Nacarelli, Victoria, and Gefen, David, Trustworthiness and the Adoption of Business Analytics. Information Systems Management (Feb 2021):

Zhou, X., Li, L., Wen, H., Tian, X., Wang, S., and Lev, Benjamin, Supplier’s goal setting considering sustainability: An uncertain dynamic Data Envelopment Analysis based benchmarking model. Information Sciences 545 (Feb 2021): 44-46.

Devlin, Anna, Elmaghraby, Wedad, and Hamilton, Rebecca W., Partitioning cash flows to overcome retailer aversion to stocking new products. Decision Sciences (Jan 2021):