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Jacobs, Robert F.

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Villanova University


Production and Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Computer Science, Information Systems, Quantitative Methods, Corporate Finance, Inventory models, Resource Planning, Operating Environments


Bob Jacobs is Adjunct Professor of Operations Management at the Villanova School of Business, Villanova University and Emeritus Professor of Kelley School of Business, Indiana University – Bloomington (1982-2014).  He has degrees in Industrial Engineering, Computer and Information Science, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Operations Management.

He is the author of over 50 research articles on topics, which include ERP system design, the design of manufacturing systems, and scheduling.

He is co-author of three widely used Operations Management textbooks:  Operations and Supply Management (15th edition 2017), Operations and Supply Management:  The Core (4nd edition 2016), and Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems for Supply Chain Management (6th edition 2010).  These books are published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin in multiple languages.

He is also co-author of The Supply Chain Professional – Concepts and Analytics (2015), published by Hercher Publishing; and co-author of Strategic Use of ERP (2006), published by Stanford Press.

Professor Jacobs is a fellow and past president of the Decision Sciences Institute.

References in business:

IBM, AT&T, Compaq Computer

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