Arthur Geoffrion

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James A. Collins Chair in Management Emeritus

Areas of Expertise

  • E-business
  • Supply Chain Management




Professor Geoffrion is the author of more than 60 published works, initially on mathematical programming and its applications, including topics in decomposition techniques for special structures, duality, integer programming, Lagrangean relaxation and multi-criterion optimization. He has consulted extensively on applications of optimization to problems of distribution, production and capital budgeting.

In 1978, he co-founded INSIGHT, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in optimization-based applications in supply-chain management and production. In 1982, he founded what is now the INFORMS Roundtable, an organization composed of the leaders of operations research groups in 50-60 companies.

During the 1980s, his interests shifted to the foundations of modeling, modeling formalisms and computer-based modeling environments as an approach to improving the quality, productivity and acceptability of model-based work. Since the mid-1990s, his interests have centered on the implications of the Internet and digital economy for management and management science.

Professor Geoffrion's research has been supported by about 45 grants and contracts, including many from the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.

His editorial service includes eight years as Department Editor (Mathematical Programming and Networks) of Management Science, posts at Mathematical Programming and J. Association of Computing Machinery, and several editorial advisory boards.



Ph.D. Operations Research, 1965, Stanford University

M.I.E. Industrial Engineering, 1961, Cornell University

B.M.E. Mechanical Engineering, 1960, Cornell University

Published Works

Lagrangian Relaxation for Integer Programming.
A.M. Geoffrion. 50 Years of Integer Programming 1958-2008: From the Early Years to the State-of-the-Art. M. Jünger, Th. M. Liebling, D. Naddef, G. L. Nemhauser, W. R. Pulleybank, G. Reinelt, G. Rinaldi, and L. A. Wolsey (eds.). Springer 2010.
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Restoring Transparency to Computational Solutions.
A.M. Geoffrion. Decision Modelling and Information Systems. Nikitas-Spiros Koutsoukis, Gautam Mitra (eds.). Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2003.
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E-Business and Management Science: Mutual Impacts (Part 1 of 2).
A.M. Geoffrion, R. Krishnan. Management Science. 49(10). 2003.
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E-Business and Management Science: Mutual Impacts (Part 2 of 2).
A.M. Geoffrion, R. Krishnan. Management Science. 49(11). 2003.
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Progress in Operations Management.
A.M. Geoffrion. Production and Operations Management. 11(2): 92-100. Spring 2002.
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Prospects for Operations Research in the E-Business Era.
A.M. Geoffrion, R. Krishnan. Interfaces. 31(2): 6-36. March-April 2001.
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Introduction: Operations Research in the E-Business Era.
A.M. Geoffrion, R. Krishnan. Interfaces. 31(2): 1-5. March-April 2001.
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An Informal Annotated Bibliography on Structured Modeling.
A.M. Geoffrion. ITORMS: Interactive Transactions on Operations Research and Management Science. 1(2). June 1999.
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A New Horizon for OR/MS.
A.M. Geoffrion. INFORMS Journal on Computing. Fall 1998.
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Structured Modeling.
A.M. Geoffrion. Encyclopedia of Operations Research & Management Science. S.I. Gass, C.S. Harris (eds.). Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1996 (revised 06/99 for the Millennium Edition, 2001).
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Twenty Years of Strategic Distribution System Design: An Evolutionary Perspective.
A.M. Geoffrion, R.F. Powers. Interfaces. 25(5): 105-127. September-October 1995.
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Distribution System Design.
A.M. Geoffrion, J. Morris, S. Webster. Facility Location: A Survey of Applications. Z. Drezner (ed.). Springer-Verlag, New York. 1995.
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  • NATO Systems Science Prize, 1976
  • President of The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS), 1981-82
  • Omega Rho, Honorary Membership, 1991
  • TIMS Distinguished Service Medal, 1992
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Management, 1996
  • President of INFORMS, 1997
  • National Academy of Engineering, 1998
  • George E. Kimball Medal (INFORMS), 2000
  • Harold Larnder Memorial Prize (Canadian Operational Research Society), 2002
  • Fellow of INFORMS, 2002
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, RWTH Aachen University, 2005
  • INFORMS President's Award, 2013