Charles P. Bonini

Professor Emeritus, Operations, Information & Technology
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Charles P. Bonini

The William R. Timken Professor of Management Science, Emeritus

Research Statement

Charles P. Bonini has studied the applications of quantitative and statistical techniques to business decision problems. These techniques include decision analysis, optimization models, queuing and processing systems, simulation, and data mining. He has authored and coauthored a number of text books explaining these techniques and illustrating their applications.


Bonini did his graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University and directly took a position on the faculty at Stanford Graduate Business School in 1959. Over the ensuing years he has taught a number of courses in the Stanford MBA, PhD, and MSx (formerly Sloan Fellows) programs. These courses have included Decision Analysis, Statistics and Data Analysis, Modeling and Simulation, Management Information Systems, and Data Mining. He has authored or coauthored a number of text books on these subjects, including Quantitative Analysis for Management now in its ninth edition.

Over the six year period from 1987 to 1993, he served as associate dean of the school and director of the Stanford MBA Program. In 1999, he received the Robert T. Davis Award for extraordinary contributions to the school.

Bonini has also been active in teaching in Stanford Executive Education programs. In particular, Stanford has had a Senior Manager Executive Education Program joint with the National University of Singapore that has been held in Singapore and Hong Kong. He has taught in, and codirected, this program for most of the 25 years of its existence.

Bonini has also been very active in the Decision Sciences Institute, a professional society, serving as president from 1977 to 1978, elected fellow, and awarded the Distinguished Service Award.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, 1962
  • MS, Carnegie Mellon University, 1957
  • AB, College of the Holy Cross, 1955

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1959, emeritus since 1999

Professional Experience

  • Co-Director, Stanford-National University of Singapore Executive Program, 1994–2005
  • Associate Dean and Director of the Stanford MBA Program, Stanford GSB, 1987–93
  • Co-Director, Stanford–National University of Singapore Executive Program, 1985–88

Awards and Honors

  • Robert T. Davis Award, Stanford GSB, 1999



Charles P. Bonini, Warren H. Hausman, Harold Bierman
McGraw-Hill /Irwin
January 1, 1997
Charles P. Bonini
Scientific Press
Charles P. Bonini


Stanford Case Studies

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Service to the Profession

  • Director, Roman Meal Company
  • Past President and Fellow, Decision Sciences Institute, 1977-1978

School News

March 15, 2011
Eli Lilly and Company recently renewed its longstanding commitment to the Charles P. Bonini Partnership for Diversity Fellowship Program.