New Journal to Examine Common Aspects
Of Risk Across Broad Array of Venues

May 22, 2007

The University of Texas at Dallas School of Management launched a new quarterly, the Journal of Risk and Decision Analysis, today at a conference on the topic.  

The first issue of the Journal of Risk and Decision Analysis, to be published by IOS Press before year’s end, will feature findings presented at the conference by international scholars and practitioners.   UT Dallas Distinguished Professor Dr. Alain Bensoussan, director of the university’s International Center for Decision and Risk Analysis and former head of the European Space Agency, will serve as co-editor-in-chief of the journal.  

The other editor-in-chief will be Dr. Charles Tapiero, the Morton L. Topfer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Financial Engineering and Technology Management at Polytechnic University of New York.

The field of risk analysis has grown rapidly in the last decade and today is considered a vital tool for developing generic approaches to managing risks confronted by governments and many industries.

“A risk is a risk, whether it’s financial, operational or …the risk of security breach or the spread of disease. There are common concerns to all aspects of risk, which justifies the idea of building a new science and this new journal,” said Bensoussan. “Our objective is to promote this new field and contribute to its progress by developing concepts and methods which can be applied.”

The Decision and Risk Analysis Conference, featuring some of the world’s leading experts in the relatively new field, is focused on analysis and advanced methods of dealing with risks confronted by industries, ranging from banking to health care, and by governments, ranging from natural disasters to terrorism.

The Journal of Risk and Decision Analysis, which will publish theoretical and applied advances by academics and practitioners, seeks to emphasize synergies between disciplines and new concepts and methods, while bridging risk analysis theory and practice.

Some of the areas that will be covered in the journal include national security, supply chain risk management, financial risk management and energy and natural resources.

About the School of Management

Faculty in the School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas rank 32nd in research productivity nationwide, based on publications in the top 24 business journals spanning all areas of business.  Financial Times, using a broader set of 40 journals, ranks UT Dallas’ management faculty 30th worldwide.  Financial Times also ranks the university’s Executive MBA program 48th in the world and 22nd in the U.S, and U.S. News and World Report lists UT Dallas’ fulltime Cohort MBA program 53rd nationwide and 26th at public colleges and universities in the United States.  The School of Management is the largest of UT Dallas’ seven schools, with an enrollment of nearly 4,500, of which 2,500 are graduate students.

About UT Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,500 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UT Dallas, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.


Contact Jill Glass, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4759, pschoch@utdallas.edu

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