Lancaster Centre for Forecasting survey


LancasterCan you spare a few minutes to assist researchers at the Lancaster Centre for Forecasting?

We have been commissioned by the European Journal of Operational Research to write a review article on Supply Chain Forecasting. In undertaking this task, we would like to ensure that the topics covered reflect the priorities of the forecasting community as a whole. To that end, we have prepared an (anonymous) questionnaire that aims to identify the most important areas that should be addressed in our paper, both from academic and practitioner perspectives.

To participate in this study, visit the Supply Chain Questionnaire. It will take no more than 5-10 minutes of your time. Please indicate if you are an academic or a practitioner in the last section of the questionnaire. We are working to very tight deadlines, so your timely help and participation is appreciated. Should you have any questions or comments on this work please contact Aris Syntetos. Thank you for your time and co-operation,

A.A. Syntetos, M.Z. Babai, J.E. Boylan, S. Kolassa & K. Nikolopoulos

You will recognize lead author Aris Syntetos, who delivered the October Foresight/SAS Webinar on "Forecasting by Temporal Aggregation." (The recorded webinar is now available for on-demand review.) And Stefan Kolassa co-authored a clever Foresight article "Percentage Errors Can Ruin Your Day" which was discussed in the BFD post Tumbling Dice in 2011.


About Author

Mike Gilliland

Product Marketing Manager

Michael Gilliland is a longtime business forecasting practitioner and formerly a Product Marketing Manager for SAS Forecasting. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters, and is Associate Editor of their practitioner journal Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting. Mike is author of The Business Forecasting Deal (Wiley, 2010) and former editor of the free e-book Forecasting with SAS: Special Collection (SAS Press, 2020). He is principal editor of Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions (Wiley, 2015) and Business Forecasting: The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Wiley, 2021). In 2017 Mike received the Institute of Business Forecasting's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021 his paper "FVA: A Reality Check on Forecasting Practices" was inducted into the Foresight Hall of Fame. Mike initiated The Business Forecasting Deal blog in 2009 to help expose the seamy underbelly of forecasting practice, and to provide practical solutions to its most vexing problems.

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