Warren H. Hausman

September 12, 1939

Brief Biography

Warren H. Hausman was the last President-Elect of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA). Hausman studied economics at Yale University prior to pursuing graduate study in industrial management at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in 1966 under the supervision of Gordon Kaufman in 1966. Hausman first taught as an Assistant and Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Business and Public Administration of Cornell University prior to joining the faculty of his alma mater, M.I.T.s Sloan School. In 1973, he joined the Graduate School of Management at the University of Rochester.

In the 1970s, Hausman’s publications largely dealt with automatic warehousing systems. From 1976 to 1978, he published a series of influential articles with Purdue University professor Leroy B. Schwarz and M.I.T. Professor Steven C. Graves. In 1977, he left Rochester for Stanford University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management where he has since remained. Hausman chaired the department for a decade, starting in 1982.

Hausman is a leader in the research of supply chain management. He has analyzed how Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technologies can revolutionize the management of supply chains. This has involved the real-world investigation of RFID applications in retail environments, logistics, and manufacturing operations. From 1973 through 1997 he co-authored several editions of Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions with Charles P. Bonini and Harold Bierman.

Hausman has held a number of professional society positions. From 1987 to 1989, he served as Council Member of The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS). Four years prior, he was on the selection committee for the Frederick W. Lanchester Prize. Though Hausman was elected President in 1994, he was unable to serve his term as ORSA and TIMS merged in 1995. He was, however, an inaugural Board Member of their successor society, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Hausman has served on the editorial boards ofManagement Scienceandthe Journal of Financial Quantitative Analysis.

In 2002, Hausman was named an inaugural Fellow of INFORMS. Since then, he has been elected a Fellow of both the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM).

Other Biographies

Stanford University. Profiles: Warren Hausman. Accessed July 18, 2018. (link)


Yale University, BA 1961

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD 1966 (Mathematics Genealogy)


Academic Affiliations
Non-Academic Affiliations
  • Supply Chain Online

Key Interests in OR/MS

Application Areas
  • Food & Beverage

Memoirs and Autobiographies


Prof. Warren H. Hausman Resume

Awards and Honors

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences Fellow 2002

Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society Distinguished Fellow 2005

Daniel H. Wagner Prize Finalist 2006

Production and Operations Management Society Fellow 2007

Professional Service

Operations Research Society of America (ORSA), President-Elect 1994

Selected Publications

Bierman Jr H. & Hausman W. H. (1970) The credit granting decision. Management Science, 16(8): B-519.

Graves S. C., Hausman W. H., & Schwarz, L. B. (1976). Optimal storage assignment in automatic warehousing systems. Management Science, 22(6): 629-638.

Graves S. C., Hausman W. H., & Schwarz L. B. (1977) Storage-retrieval interleaving in automatic warehousing systems. Management Science, 23(9): 935-945.

Graves S. C., Hausman W. H., & Schwarz, L. B. (1978) Scheduling policies for automatic warehousing systems: simulation results. AIIE transactions, 10(3): 260-270.

Erkip N., Hausman W. H., & Nahmias S. (1990) Optimal centralized ordering policies in multi-echelon inventory systems with correlated demands. Management Science, 36(3): 381-392.

Bierman H., Bonini C. P., & Hausman W. H. (1991) Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions. Irwin: Homewood, IL.

Cheung K. L. & Hausman W. H. (1997) Joint determination of preventive maintenance and safety stocks in an unreliable production environment. Naval Research Logistics, 44(3): 257-272.

Hausman W. H., Lee H. L., & Peleg B. (2002) Short-term procurement strategies versus long-term contracts. Production and Operations Management, 11(4): 458-479.

Hausman W. H., Seifert R. W., & Thonemann U. W. (2004) Optimal procurement strategies for online spot markets. European Journal of Operational Research, 152(3): 781-799.

Gaukler G. M., Hausman W. H., & Seifert R. W. (2007) Item‐level RFID in the retail supply chain. Production and Operations Management, 16(1): 65-76.