John Hooker

Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA

Email, Phone +1 412 268 7589, Fax +1 412 268 7357


January 2015

John Hooker is Professor of Operations Research and T. Jerome Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Carnegie Mellon University.  He joined the Tepper School of Business at CMU in 1984 and has since held several visiting posts, most recently at the London School of Economics and the State University of Campinas, Brazil.  He holds doctoral degrees in philosophy and operations research. 

Professor Hooker has published over 140 articles, 6 books, and 5 edited volumes.  He is an INFORMS Fellow and recipient of the INFORMS Computing Society Prize.  He has served on several editorial boards, including two decades as an area editor for INFORMS Journal on Computing, and was elected chair of the INFORMS Computing Society.  He is equally active in the constraint programming community, having served as conference and workshop organizer, member of numerous conference program and award committees, and member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Constraint Programming.

He is a pioneer in the integration of optimization and constraint programming technologies, having written the first book and co-chaired the first conference on the subject.  OR/CP integration is now an active research field and is comprehensively surveyed in his book Integrated Methods for Optimization (2nd edition) It is the basis for leading software packages like IBM's OPL Studio and the popular award-winning solver SCIP.  He also introduced logic-based Benders decomposition, which can reduce solution times by orders of magnitude and has found a wide variety of applications.  More recently, he and T. Had˛ić adapted decision diagrams to optimization, and several investigators are now pursuing this line of research.  It uses dynamic programming formulations that were previously impractical and has the potential to solve very large problems that are beyond the capacity of existing state-of-the-art solvers. 

Professor Hooker also has interests in business ethics and cross-cultural management, as reflected in his books Business Ethics as Rational Choice and Working across Cultures.  He is founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Business Ethics Education and co-organized four conferences on international corporate responsibility.  He has lived and worked in Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, India, Qatar, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Zimbabwe, and has extensive experience in Germany and Mexico. 

Professor Hooker headed the Tepper School’s undergraduate business administration program from 1996 to 2001 and received a Distinguished Academic Leadership Award for his contributions. In 2009, he was recognized with an Award for Sustained Teaching Excellence.