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Indiana University Bloomington

Institute of Business Analytics

F. Robert Jacobs

Contact Information

jacobs [at] indiana [dot] edu (E-mail)
Business School

  • Professor Emeritus of Operations Management
  • Chase Faculty Fellow
  • Honors I-Core Faculty Lead


  • Bloomington


  • PhD, Operations Management, Ohio State University, 1979
  • MBA, Ohio State University, 1976
  • BS, Industrial Engineering, Ohio State University, 1972
  • BS, Computer Science, Ohio State University, 1972

Professional Experience

  • Indiana University, 1982-present
  • University of Houston, 1979-82
  • Ohio State University, 1975-79

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • Past President and Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute
  • Board of Directors, APICS - The Association for Operations Management
  • MBA Teaching Innovation Award
  • Students Award for Teaching Excellence in International Business Issues
  • Teaching Excellence in Operations Management

Professional Interests

Supply Chain Design, Supply Chain Planning and Control, Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

Selected Publications

  • Jacobs, F. Robert, and Peter Salzarulo (2014), "The Incremental Value of Central Control in Serial Supply Chain,"  International Journal of Production Research, 52(7): 1989-2006.

  • Jacobs, F. Robert and Richard Chase (2012), Operations and Supply Chain Management – The Core (3rd Edition), Chicago: Irwin/McGraw-Hill. 

  • Cattani, Kyle, F. Robert Jacobs, and Jan Schoenfelder (2011), “Common Inventory Modeling Assumptions that Fall Short:  Arborescent networks, Poisson Demand, and Single-Echelon Approximations,” Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 29, Issue 5, July, pp. 488-499.
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  • Jacobs, F. Robert and Richard Chase (2010), Operations and Supply Chain Management (13th Edition), Chicago: Irwin/McGraw-Hill.