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Indiana University Bloomington

Operations & Decision Technologies

ODT Widget Faculty

"The faculty at Kelley are amazing to work with. The Academy students are really engaged and are very impressive."
Casey Wayson,
Recruiter, Eaton Corp.

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.