Martin K. Starr

TIMS President, 1974-75


Martin K. Starr was the 21st President of TIMS. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Operations management and Management Science at the Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Starr is also Professor Emeritus of Operations Research and Management Science at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business where he designed and established the systems-oriented Production and Operations Management Department and concentration for student study. In addition, Professor Starr was Director of The Centers for Enterprise Management (CEM) which did research and consulting at both Columbia University and Rollins College. He was also Vice Dean of the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.

CEM publications comparing the performance of U.S. firms with Japanese firms in America were widely sought for quality and just-in-time benchmarking. Later studies also included European firms in America. CEM studies at Rollins benchmarked supply chain performance in healthcare systems. CEM developed cost/benefit simulation models to determine optimal mix of nursing services and in-home technology. Professor Starr published more than 25 books on a variety of subjects including joint ventures, global alliances, competitiveness, product design, marketing dynamics, inventory theory, production and operations management, and systems management. He has published articles on safety and security, disaster and crisis management, modular production systems, product and process design, continuous project management, intellectual property, innovations in education, concurrent systems engineering, knowledge management, and marketing dynamics. Starr’s most recent books are Foundations of Production and Operations Management, 2007, and Production and Operations Management (2e), 2008.

In addition to having been President of The Institute of Management Sciences, he was President of POMS (Production and Operations Management Society). He was Editor-in-Chief of Management Science for 15 years. He is now a member of the POMS Executive Board where he is Chair of the Council of POMS Presidents. Starr was recognized by a special issue of PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (January-February, 2007) dedicated to his work. In 2006, an Award was named in his honor, The Martin K. Starr Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Award. This award is presented annually by POMS to the outstanding operations practitioner of the year.

Starr is a fellow of both INFORMS and POMS and one of only 5 recipients of the TIMS medal.

BS, MIT; MS and Ph.D. ( Operations Research, Management Science) Columbia University.

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