The University of Arizona

Decision Analysis Pioneer to Discuss Prospects for Decision Sciences

January 31, 2001

A pioneer in the field of decision analysis will speak at an informal business seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from noon - 1 p.m., in McClelland Hall 208 in the Soldwedel Executive Education Center.

The Eller College of Business and Public Administration's department of management and policy will host visiting scholar Howard Raiffa, of Harvard University, who will talk on "Analytical Roots of a Decision Theorist."

Raiffa's long and distinguished career has brought him from his initial training as a mathematician to a preeminent position in the decision sciences. In this talk he reflects on what he has achieved in his career -- and on what he regrets having done and left undone. He also considers the prospects for the "decision sciences" as an emergent discipline synthesizing descriptive, normative and prescriptive themes in decision research.

Howard Raiffa is currently a visiting scholar in the department of management and policy in the Eller College. He is the Frank P. Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Managerial Economics at Harvard University, having previously taught at Columbia and served as the first director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. Raiffa he has written or edited 11 books, innumerable technical papers and has received many honors, including the Ramsey Medal, the Melamed Prize, and the Dixon Prize for Science, as well as honorary doctoral degrees from four universities. He is currently completing a book titled "Collaborative Decision Making."