Special Issue: Operational Research and Ethics

Guest Editors: Fred Wenstøp, Cristóbal Miralles, Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber, Richard Ormerod


  • Deadline for submission: October 31, 2013


From its inception, the operational research (OR) community has taken a keen interest in ethics, and ethical questions of values, responsibilities and impacts in relation to OR have been addressed in many papers. At present, ethical dilemmas associated with the impacts that OR has on decision processes, for instance by influencing the conduct of decision makers or by affecting stakeholders or the environment, are recognized as increasingly important for OR professionals. This recognition has motivated special issues on OR and ethics (European Journal of Operational Research, 2004; Omega, 2009; International Transactions in Operational Research, 2010). It is also the reason why the Board of the EURO Working group on OR and Ethics has taken the initiative to invite featured papers for a special section on OR and Ethics which will be published in the EURO Journal on Decision Processes.


The Guest Editors welcome both empirical and theoretically grounded papers on topics such as:

  • Illustrative, ideally cross-disciplinary cases studies that offer insights into what OR can learn from other disciplines facing ethical questions;
  • Integration of ethical considerations into OR processes based on ethical theories;
  • Development and adoption of codes of conduct for OR professionals;
  • Relevant ethical positions, principles and criteria that the philosophical discourse on ethics suggests for OR;
  • Contributions of OR on the ethical dimensions of contemporary social, environmental and economic problems.

The papers may address topics in any application domain (e.g., energy, engineering, environment, finance, health care, operations management) or approach problems from varied perspectives (e.g., corporate social responsibility).


Prospective authors are invited to submit a full paper to the Editorial Manager system as Original Research (https://www.editorialmanager.com/ejdp with a reference to this Call in the field 'Enter Comments’. Alternatively, they may first send the Guest Editors a three-page extended abstract describing the proposed contribution (email [email protected]). The deadline for the submission of extended abstracts is July 1st and full papers are due by October 31st, 2013. It is envisaged that the special section papers will be published in late 2014 or early 2015.

The XXVI EURO-INFORMS Joint International Meeting in Rome (1-4 July 2013) offers an excellent opportunity to discuss possible contributions in the OR and Ethics stream. The deadline for submitting abstracts for this conference is March 1st, 2013.

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