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John J. Neale

assistant professor of the practice - operations management department

John J. Neale

Fulton Hall 354D


Ph.D., M.S.E., University of Michigan
B.S. with Distinction, Stanford University


Professor John J. Neale joined the Carroll School faculty in 2013 after spending the previous six years as an assistant professor of operations and technology management at Boston University’s School of Management. At B.U. he taught the core undergraduate course in operations management and conducted research designed to bridge the gap between inventory theory and practice. His work on inventory models with nonstationary demand won the 2008 Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice. In 2009 he was awarded B.U.'s Broderick Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Before becoming a professor, he spent more than a decade in industry. He was vice president of research and development at supply chain software start-up Optiant where he led the research, software development, and product management teams. Prior to that, he helped set supply chain strategy at Hewlett-Packard as part of their Strategic Planning and Modeling team. He has taught at Harvard and Stanford Universities and is the co-editor of the textbook The Practice of Supply Chain Management.


2010  Finalist, Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences

2009  Boston University Broderick Prize for Excellence in Teaching

2008  Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice

2003  Optiant Whatever it Takes Award

1998  Hewlett-Packard STAR Award

1996  Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan

1995  Sigma Xi scientific research honor society

1992  F.E. Terman Award for Scholastic Achievement in Engineering, Stanford University

1991  Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society

1988  David Starr Jordan Scholar, Stanford University


  • Farasyn, I., S. Humair, J. Kahn, J. Neale, O. Rosen, J. Ruark, W. Tarleton, W. Van de Velde, G. Wegryn, and S. Willems, “Inventory Optimization at Procter & Gamble: Achieving Real Benefits through User Adoption of Inventory Tools,” Interfaces, vol. 41, pp. 66-78, 2011.
  • Neale, J. J., and S. P. Willems.  “Managing Inventory in Supply Chains with Nonstationary Demand,” Interfaces, vol. 39, pp. 388-399, 2009.
  • Harrison, T., H. Lee, and J. Neale, eds. The Practice of Supply Chain Management: Where Theory and Application Converge. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, MA, 2003.


Professor Neale is a member of the INFORMS and POMS professional societies and a referee for the journals M&SOM, POM, Interfaces, and IIE Transactions.