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Oded Berman

Oded Berman

Professor of Operations Management and Statistics

Degrees:

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
BA, Tel Aviv University

Bio

Oded Berman is the endowed Sydney Cooper Chair in Business and Technology and a former Associate Dean of Programs at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, the University of Toronto.  He received his PhD (1978) in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Oded has published over 240 refereed articles and has contributed to several books in his field.  His main research interests include operations management in the service industry, location theory, network models, and stochastic inventory control.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Operations Research, a winner of the 2012 Canadian Operations Research Society (CORS) Award of Merit and a winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the INFORMS's Section on Location Analysis.

Academic Positions

  • Jan 2003-present

    Sydney C. Cooper Chair in Business and Technology, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • July 2000-present

    Full Professor, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • July 1995-July 1996

    Associate Dean Programs, Faculty of Management, University of Toronto

  • July 1993-July 1994

    Associate Chair, Division of Management and Economics, University of Toronto at Scarborough

  • July 1992-July 1995

    Area Coordinator, Operations Management Area, Faculty of Management, University of Toronto

  • July 1990-Present

    Full Professor, University of Toronto, Division of Management and Economics at Scarborough and Faculty of Management

  • Sept 1989-Aug 1991

    Full Professor, University of Massachusetts, College of Management

  • Sept 1986-Aug 1991

    Chair, Management Sciences Department, University of Massachusetts at Boston

  • Sept 1984-Aug 1985

    Visiting Professor, Faculty of Industrial and Management Engineering, The Technion, Haifa, Israel and Faculty of Management, Tel- Aviv University

  • July 1981-July 1983

    Chair, Management Science and Information Systems, Faculty of Management, University of Calgary

  • July 1980-July 1986

    Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Faculty of Management

  • July 1978-July 1980

    Assistant Professor, University of Calgary, Faculty of Management

Selected Publications - Papers

  • A Game between a Terrorist and a Passive Defender

    O. Baron, O. Berman and A. Gavious

    Production and Operations Management

    Issue:(Accepted for publication.)

    2017

  • Allocation Policies in Blood Transfusion

    Abouee Mehrizi, O. Baron, O. Berman and V. Sarhangian

    Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

    Issue:(Accepted for publication.)

    2017

  • Continuous Review Inventory Models for Perishable Items with Leadtimes

    O. Baron, O. Berman and D. Perry

    Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences

    Issue:(Accepted for publication.)

    2017

  • Exact Analysis of the (R,Q) Inventory Policy in a Two-Echelon Production- Inventory Systems

    H. Abouee Mehrizi, O. Berman and H.A. Zare

    Operations Research Letters

    Issue:Issue 4

    2017

    Pages: 308-314

  • Truthful Cheap Talk: Why Operational Flexibility May Lead to Truthful Communication

    O. Berman, D. Krass and M. Fazel Zarandi

    Management Science

    Issue:(Accepted for publication.)

    2017

  • Bargaining within the Supply Chain and its Implications in an Industry

    O. Baron, O. Berman and D. Wu

    Decision Sciences

    Issue:Vol. 47, Issue 2

    2016

    Pages: 193-218

  • Directed Assignment vs. Customer Choice in Location Inventory Models

    O. Berman, D. Krass and M. Menezes

    International Journal of Production Economics

    Issue:Vol. 179

    2016

    Pages: 179-191

  • On Covering Location Problems on Networks with Edge Demand

    J. Kalcsics and D. Krass

    Computers and Operations Research

    Issue:Vol. 74

    2016

    Pages: 214–227

  • Strategic Idleness and Dynamic Scheduling in an Open-shop Service Network: Case Study and Analysis

    O. Baron, O. Berman, D. Krass and J. Wang

    Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

    Issue:Vol. 19, Issue 1

    2016

    Pages: 52-71

  • Maximal Accessibility Network Design in the Public Sector

    O. Berman, R. Aboolian and V. Verter

    accepted for publication in Transportation Science

    2015

  • Structural Properties of Voronoi Diagrams in Facility Location Problems with Continuous Demand

    I. Averbakh, O. Berman and D. Krass

    Operations Research

    Issue:63(2)

    2015

    Pages: 394-411.

  • Supporting New Product or Service Introductions: Location, Marketing, and Word of Mouth

    V. S. Abedi, O. Berman and D. Krass

    Operations Research

    Issue:62(5)

    2015

    Pages: 994-1013.

  • Transshipment Policies in a Multi-Period Inventory System with Lost Sales

    H. Abouee-Mehrizi, O. Berman and S. Sharma

    Operations Research

    Issue:63(2)

    2015

    Pages: 342-350.

  • Up and Down: Bid-Price Trends in Revenue Management

    Z. Pang, O. Berman and M. Hu

    accepted for publication in Production and Operations Management

    2015

  • Bargaining within the Supply Chain and its Implications in an Industry

    O. Baron, O. Berman and D. Wu

    accepted for publication in Decision Sciences

    2014

  • Cooperative Covering Problems on Networks

    I. Averbakh, O. Berman, D. Krass, J. Kalcsics and S. Nickel

    Networks

    Issue:63(4)

    2014

    Pages: 334-349.

  • Designing Production-Inventory-Transportation Systems with Capacitated Cross Docks

    H. Abouee-Mehrizi, O. Berman and M.R. Baharnemati

    Transportation Science

    Issue:48(1)

    2014

    Pages: 121-135.

  • Exact Analysis of Capacitated Two Echelon Inventory Systems with Priorities

    H. Abouee Mehrizi, O. Baron and O. Berman

    Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

    Issue:16(4)

    2014

    Pages: 561-577.

  • Minisum Multipurpose Trip Location Problem on Trees

    A. Mojtaba, I. Averbakh and O. Berman

    Networks

    Issue:6(2)

    2014

    Pages: 154-159 .

  • Using strategic idleness to improve customer service experience in service networks

    O. Baron, O. Berman, D. Krass and J. Wang

    Operations Research

    Issue:62(1)

    2014

    Pages: 123-140.

  • Solving a Stochastic Facility Location/Fleet Problem with Logic-Based Benders Decomposition

    M. Fazel-Zarandi, O. Berman and J.C. Beck

    IIE Transactions

    Issue:45(8)

    2013

    Pages: 896-911.

  • The Maximum Covering Problem with Travel Time Uncertainty

    O. Berman, I. Hajizadeh and D. Krass

    IIE Transactions

    Issue:45

    2013

    Pages: 81-96.

  • Do Shareholders Really Prefer Their Executives to Maximize the Equity Value? A Newsvendor Case

    O. Berman, N. Sanajian and H. Abouee-Mehrizi

    Decision Sciences

    Issue:43(3)

    2012

    Pages: 395-436.

  • Profit Maximizing Distributed Service System Design with Congestion and Elastic Demand

    R. Aboolian, O. Berman and D. Krass

    Transportation Science

    Issue:46(2)

    2012

    Pages: 247-261.

  • An Exact Analysis of a Joint Production-Inventory Problem in Two-Echelon Inventory System

    H. Abouee-Mehrizi and O. Berman

    Naval Research Logistics

    Issue:58(8)

    2011

    Pages: 713-730.

  • Big Segment Small Segment Global Optimization Algorithm on Networks

    O. Berman, Z. Drezner and D. Krass

    Networks

    Issue:58

    2011

    Pages: 1-11.

  • On n-Facility Median Problem with Facilities subject to Failures Facing Uniform Demand

    O. Berman and D. Krass

    Discrete Applied Mathematics

    Issue:159

    2011

    Pages: 420-432.

  • On the Benefits of Risk Pooling in Inventory Management

    O. Berman, D. Krass and M. Mahdi Tajbakhsh

    Production and Operations Management

    Issue:20(1)

    2011

    Pages: 57-71.

  • Shelf Space Management when Demand Depends on the Inventory Level

    O. Baron, O. Berman and D. Perry

    Production and Operations Management.

    Issue:9(1)

    2011

    Pages: 714-726.

  • A Bilevel Model for Preventive Healthcare Facility Network Design with Congestion

    Y. Zhang, O. Berman, and V. Verter

    IIE Transactions

    Issue:42

    2010

    Pages: 865-880.

  • Can Flexibility be Constraining?

    E. Pinker, H-H. Lee and O. Berman

    IIE Transactions

    Issue:42

    2010

    Pages: 45-60.

  • Cooperative Cover Location Problems: The Planar Case

    O. Berman, Z. Drezner and D. Krass

    IIE Transaction

    Issue:42

    2010

    Pages: 232-246.

  • Ensuring Feasibility in Location Problems with Stochastic Demands and Congestion

    O, Baron, O. Berman, S. Kim and D. Krass

    IIE Transaction

    Issue:41

    2009

    Pages: 477-481.

  • Optimal Location in the Presence of Disruptions and Incomplete Information

    O. Berman, D. Krass and M. Menezes

    Decision Sciences

    Issue:40

    2009

    Pages: 845-868.

  • The Ordered Gradual Covering Location Problem on a network

    O. Berman, J.Kalcsics, D. Krass and S. Nickel

    Discrete Applied Mathematics

    Issue:157

    2009

    Pages: 3689-3707.

  • A New Formulation for the Conditional p-Median and p-Center Problems

    O. Berman and Z. Drezner

    Operations Research Letters

    Issue:36

    2008

    Pages: 481-483.

  • An (s, r, S) Diffusion Inventory Model with Exponential Lead times and Order Cancellations

    O. Berman, D. Perry and W. Stadje

    Stochastic Models

    Issue:24

    2008

    Pages: 191-211.

  • Facility Location with Stochastic Demand and Constraints on Waiting Time

    O. Baron, O. Berman and D. Krass

    Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

    Issue:10(3)

    2008

    Pages: 484-505.

  • Location and allocation of service units on a congested network

    R. Aboolian, O. Berman and Z. Drezner

    IIE Transactions

    Issue:40

    2008

    Pages: 422-433.

  • The Route Expropriation Problem

    O. Berman, Z. Drezner, Q. Wang and G. Wesolowsky

    IIE Transactions

    Issue:40(4)

    2008

    Pages: 468-477.

Research and Teaching Interests

Teaches courses in Operations Management, Logistics, Operations Management in the Service Industry, Management Science Models and Statistics.
Research includes Logistics, Operations Management in the Service Industry, Workforce Management, and Software Reliability.

Honors and Awards

  • 2014

    Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award, Rotman School of Management

  • 2014

    Best Application Paper - Scheduling and Logistics award for the paper The Maximum Covering Problem with Travel Time Uncertainty co-authored by D. Krass with I. Hajizadeh, IIE Transactions

  • 2014

    For the paper - H. Abouee Mehrizi, O. Baron, O. Berman and Vahid Sarhangian, Allocation policies in blood transfusion, Vahid Sarhangian was selected as the runner up for the CORS Student Paper Competition (Open Category), CORS

  • 2014

    For the paper - O. Baron, O. Berman, D. Krass and J. Wang, Using strategic idleness to improve customer service experience in service networks, Jeff Wang won the CORS Queuing Special Interest Group student competition, CORS

  • 2012

    Canadian Operations Research Award of Merit,

  • 2012-2017

    Research Grant for Combined Location Problems, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada

  • 2012

    Co-Winner, Lifetime Achievement in Location Analysis Award, SOLA

  • 2011

    Fellow, Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

  • 2007

    Honorable mention of the paper Inventory-Location Models for Remote and Direct Retailing with Time-Sensitive Demand, by O. Berman, D. Krass and M. Menezes, 2007 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management

  • 2007-2012

    Research Grant for Strategical Tactical Issues in the Service Industry, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada

  • 2002- 2007

    Research Grant for Strategic and Tactical Issues in the Service Industry, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada

  • 2003-present

    Sydney Cooper Chair in Business and Technology, Rotman School of Management

  • 1998- 2002

    Research Grant for Strategic and Tactical Issues in the Service Industry, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada

  • 2000

    Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Award for Excellence in Research, Rotman School of Management

  • 1994- 1998

    Research Grant for Strategic and Tactical Issues in the Service Industry , Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada

  • 1997

    Equipment Grant for Laboratory for Manufacturing Research (with S. Sethi and D. Krass), Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada

  • 1997

    Principal's Research Award , University of Toronto at Scarborough

  • 1994-1995

    Equipment Grant for Laboratory for Manufacturing Research (with S. Sethi and D. Krass), Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada

  • 1991-1994

    Research Grant for Strategic Issues in the Service Industry, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada

  • 1985

    Levin Award, for the best paper (co-author D. Simchi-Levi) , The Israeli Society of Operations Research

  • 1984-1985

    International Collaborative Research Grant, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada

  • 1982-1985

    Research Grant for Planning for and Management of Service Networks, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada

  • 1981-1982

    Research Grant for Planning for and Management of Service Networks, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada

  • 1980-1981

    Research Grant for Information System for Service Network Planning and Management, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada

  • 1979-1980

    Grant awarded to Analysis of Transfer Lines, University of Calgary

  • 1979-1980

    Grant awarded to Proposal for the Development of a Fire Research Centre in Alberta, Government of Alberta

  • 1972

    The Lapid Award for the best student in the Department of Statistics, Tel-Aviv University

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2011 - present

    Associate Editor, Socio Economic Planning

  • 1987 - 2014

    Associate Editor, Transportation Science

  • 1980 - 2010

    Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Computers and Operations Research

  • 1995-2009

    Associate Editor, Management Science

  • 1999-2006

    Associate Editor, Operations Research

  • 2001-2005

    Area Editor of Operational and Decision Sciences, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences

  • 2001-2004

    Member of the Grant Selection Committee for Industrial Engineering , NSERC

  • 1999-2003

    Editorial Advisory Review Board, Journal of Service Research

  • 1995-1999

    Area Editor of Services, Operations Research

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