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


May 2016

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 150+ 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, as well as member of numerous conference program and award committees.  He was elected to the Executive Committee of the Association for Constraint Programming and received the association's Best Paper Award.

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 provides the basis for leading software packages like IBM's OPL Studio and the popular award-winning solver SCIP.  Professor Hooker also introduced logic-based Benders decomposition, which is based on a concept of inference duality.  It can reduce solution times by orders of magnitude and has found a wide variety of applications.  More recently, he and T. Hadić adapted decision diagrams to optimization, and several investigators are now pursuing this line of research.   

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 received a Distinguished Academic Leadership Award in 2001 for his leadership and reorganization of the Tepper School's undergraduate business administration program. He was recognized with an Award for Sustained Teaching Excellence in 2009 and the Gerald Thompson Teaching Award in 2016.