Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2013 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Michael C. Fu

International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS)

  • Graham K. Rand
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1153-7_476

IFORS, the International Federation of Operational Research Societies, is an international society whose members are national operational research societies. IFORS was founded in 1959 following the first international OR conference that was held in Oxford, 1957 (Rand 2000).

IFORS was formed by three societies: The U.S. Operations Research Society of America (ORSA), the U.K. Operational Research Society (ORS), and the French Société Française de Recherche Opérationelle (SOFRO). The Statutes of IFORS (Anonymous 1959) set out the purpose of the Federation: “The development of operational research as a unified science and its advancement in all nations of the world.” Perhaps the most striking aspect of the Statutes is the provision that in all formal votes taken by the IFORS Board, the voting strength of each member society is in proportion to the square root of its membership. As of this writing, 50 national societies belong to IFORS, with a collective individual membership of about...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Graham K. Rand
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  1. 1.Department of Management ScienceLancaster UniversityLancasterUK