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Department : Information Systems, Decision Sciences and Statistics
Campus de Cergy



Laurent Alfandari is a Full Professor at ESSEC Business School, in the Information Systems, Decision Sciences and Statistics (IDS) Department. His research field is Operations Research and Decision analytics. He published book chapters and articles in international journals such as the European Journal of Operational Research, Annals of Operations Research, Computers and Operations Research, Discrete Applied Mathematics, Journal of Scheduling, Transportation Science, Omega, Theoretical Computer Science. He teaches Decision Analytics and Operations Research courses in various ESSEC Business School programs (Grande Ecole Master in Management, Executive MBA, Executive Education SCM programs, PhD). He is academic Co-Director of the ESSEC-CentraleSupélec Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics (#3 worldwide QS ranking 2021), and coordinator of the Operations & Data Analytics PhD concentration. He was also the Academic Director of the ESSEC specialized master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He carried out consulting studies and industrial contracts for SNCF, Babcock-Wanson, ESSEC BS, Aid-Impact. He was a member of the research team ranked #4 for the ROADEF-EURO international Challenge proposed by EDF in 2010, and also participated to the 2012 Google Challenge. He was Vice-President of the French Society of Operations Research & Decision-Aid (ROADEF) from 2012 to 2015.


  • 1999 : Doctorate in Operations Research (Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL University, France)
  • 1995 : Master of Research in Management Science (Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL University, France)
  • 1993 : M.Sc in Management (Grande Ecole program) (ESSEC Business School, France)
  • 1990 : Bachelor in Mathematics & Social Sciences (Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL University, France)


  • 2010 : International Teachers Program (ITP) (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, United States of America)


    Full-time academic appointments

    • 2010 - Present : Professor (ESSEC Business School, France)
    • 2007 - 2010 : Associate Professor (ESSEC Business School, France)
    • 2000 - 2007 : Assistant Professor (ESSEC Business School, France)

    Other Academic Appointments

      • 2002 - Present : Member of the LIPN Laboratory (Sorbonne Université, France)
      • 1995 - 2002 : Member of the LAMSADE Laboratory (Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL University, France)
      • 2013 - Present : Coordinator of MiM Business Analytics Methods track (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2019 - 2023 : Academic co-director of ESSEC-CentraleSupélec Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2018 - 2021 : Head of PhD concentration in Operations & Data Analytics (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2012 - 2014 : Department head (IDS Department) (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2009 - 2011 : Academic director of ESSEC Master in Logistics & SCM (ESSEC Business School, France)

    Professional appointments

    • 1992 - Present : Audit reporter (TOTAL, France)
    • 1993 : Consulting in Town Planning and Development of Specialized Retail (PROCOS, France)
    • 1992 : Management controller (Hachette group, France)
    • 1991 : Marketing (Hachette group, France)


  • 2020 : Teaching Awards ESSEC Top 4 Permanent Professors (ESSEC Business School, France)

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Professional activities


  • 1970 : - Present : Consulting activities & industrial contracts : SNCF, ESSEC BS, Babcok-Wanson, Aid-Impact...

Research activities

    Reviewer for a journal

  • Reviewer for Annals of Operations Research; Computational Optimization and Applications; Computers & Operations Research; Discrete Applied Mathematics; European Journal of Operational Research; RAIRO - Operations Research
  • Organization of a conference or a seminar

  • 2015 : Organization of the French OR contest : "Les Pros de la RO", nov. 2015 (finalists : Gefco-Eurodecision, Amadeus, Decision Brain, Orange), France
  • 2013 : Organization of an event for practitionners and managers: “La Recherche Opérationnelle: clé de la performance des entreprises?”, 200 managers and practionners attended, round-table with Air France, Amadeus, and Bouygues Télécom, Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL University, France
  • Function in an academic association

  • 2011 - 2015 : Vice-President of the ROADEF
  • Member of an academic association

  • 2000 : - Present : Member of the French OR Society (ROADEF)
  • Other academic activity

  • 1970 : - Present : Member of GREFELOT, research group on transportation optimization


  • 2020 : ZHAO Y. (ESSEC Business School), Thesis co-director
  • 2018 : KESHVARI FARD Milad (ESSEC Business School), Thesis co-director, First placement: Assistant Professor - Newcastle University Business School
  • 2017 : ESPINOZA Juan Carlos (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director, First placement: Assistant Professor - Tecnologico de Monterrey
  • 2017 : GARNIER ép DENOYEL Victoire (ESSEC Business School), Thesis director, First placement: Assistant Professor, Business Analytics - Mercy College Graduate School of Business
  • 2014 : GIANESSI P. (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord), Thesis co-director
  • 2011 : SADKI J. (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord), Thesis co-director
  • 2006 : , Thesis co-director