The GOR is a non-profit company. It was created on 01.01.1998 by the merger of the "German Society for Operations Research" (DGOR) and the "Society for Mathematics, Economics and Operations Research" (GMÖOR). Its main task is to promote the dissemination and use of operations research in science and practice. This is done primarily by means of specialist publications, conferences, working groups and the promotion of young scientists.
Currently the GOR has about 1,300 members - individuals and institutions from science, industry and administration. The contact between the members and the exchange of information takes place via the website and the three-yearly member magazine "OR News". Important information is always kept up-to-date via the electronic newsletter. Once a year, the GOR organizes an international, scientific conference that regularly attracts more than 600 participants from all over the world. The personal contact and knowledge exchange is also held continuously in the 15 working groups of the company. The Gesellschaft für Operations Research (GOR) is the professional non-profit society for the scientific field of Operations Research in Germany. The society is a member of the European umbrella organization, the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO), and of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS). The history of the present-day society began in 1956 with the foundation of the Working Group Operations Research (Arbeitskreis Operations Research, AKOR) which was fairly practically orientated. In 1961, the German Society for Operations Research with a rather academic background was founded. Both societies merged in 1972 and became the German Operations Research Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Operations Research, DGOR).
By the end of the 1970s some members with a theoretical focus did not find anymore their interests enough represented by the rather practical DGOR. Hence, they founded the Society for Mathematics, Economics and Operations Research (in 1979. From 1995 on, they again realized common conferences. On January 1, 1998 both societies joined for today's Society for Operations Research.
The society's affairs are managed by an executive board of four members, including the president. Its affairs are overseen by an advisory board consisting of fifteen members. Both institutions are elected every second year. For administrative work the society maintains a secretary. The society has about 1200 members - individuals and institutions from academia, industry and administration.