Evan L. Porteus

Professor Emeritus, Operations, Information & Technology
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Research Statement

Evan Porteus’ research focuses on supply chain management, including incentive issues in supply chains, management and coordination of supply chains, management of the supplier–buyer relationship, and inventory management. He also studies capacity management and competition of various sorts, including service providers, new product and process development, and online vs. offline retailing.


Evan L. Porteus is the Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Management Science, Emeritus at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A graduate of Claremont Men’s College and Case Institute of Technology, he has also worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis) and at RAND Corporation, and was a Fulbright-Hays Senior Research Fellow in 1976-77 in Australia. Professor Porteus has published one book and over 50 articles and book chapters. He has been an associate editor of Management Science, Operations Research, and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management.

He has taught in both the MBA and PhD programs and has been an active PhD dissertation advisor. His teaching currently focuses on CAT, critical analytical thinking. He has served as codirector of the Stanford/Singapore Executive Program and as Area Coordinator of the Operations, Information and Technology group. He was a founding co-director of the Product Development and Manufacturing Strategy Executive Program, a joint venture of the School of Business and the School of Engineering. He was a founding board member of StartUp, now Renaissance Midpeninsula, a nonprofit located in East Palo Alto aimed at identifying, training, and empowering entrepreneurs with under-resourced backgrounds. He served four years as Director of the GSB PhD Program. He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii; is married to Ann Wilson Porteus; and has three children, Matthew, Kimberley, and Bradford.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Case Institute of Technology, 1967
  • BA, Claremont Men's College, 1964

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1970

Professional Experience

  • Systems Analyst, Office of the Asst. Secretary of Defense, 1967-1969
  • Research Staff, RAND Corp., 1969-1970

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright-Hays Award for Senior Research in Australia, Fulbright Program, 1976-1977


Journal Articles

Joel Goh, Evan L. Porteus. Production & Operations Management. 2016, Vol. 25, Issue 8, Pages 1415-1429.
Evan L. Porteus, Hyoduk Shin, Tunay I. Tunca. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. 2010, Vol. 12 , Issue 1, Pages 140-161.
Alexandar Angelus, Evan L. Porteus. Operations Research. 2008, Vol. 56 , Issue 3, Pages 665-680.
Gal Raz, Evan L. Porteus. Management Science. November 2006, Vol. 52, Issue 11, Pages 1764 - 1777.
D. Lawson, Evan L. Porteus. Operations Research. 2000, Vol. 48 , Issue 6, Pages 878-893.
Evan L. Porteus. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. 2000, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Pages 203-219.
Glen M. Schmidt, Evan L. Porteus. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. 2000, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Pages 1-18.
Evan L. Porteus, Seungjin Whang. Management Science. 1991, Vol. 37, Issue 9, Pages 1166-1181.
Evan L. Porteus. Operations Research Letters. 1985, Vol. 3 , Issue 6, Pages 293-300.
David M. Kreps, Evan L. Porteus. Econometrica. 1978, Vol. 46, Issue 1, Pages 185-200.
Evan L. Porteus. Management Science. March 1971, Vol. 17, Issue 7, Pages 411-426.


Evan L. Porteus Stanford: Stanford Business Books, 2002.

Book Chapters

Evan L. Porteus. Building Intuition. Springer US, 2008, Pages 115-134.

Working Papers

Optimal Sizing and Timing of Modular Capacity Expansions | PDF
Alexandar Angelus, Evan L. Porteus, Samuel C. Wood2000
Customer Service Competition in Capacitated Systems | PDF
Joseph M. Hall, Evan L. Porteus1999
Selling to the Newsvendor | PDF
Martin Lariviere, Evan L. Porteus1999
Multi-Stage Inventory Management with Expediting | PDF
Evan L. Porteus, David G. Lawson1998
Opportunities for Improved Statistical Process Control
Evan L. Porteus, Alexander Angelus1995
An Approach to Single Parameter Process Design | PDF
Xavier de Groote, Evan L. Porteus1992
Stochastic Inventory Theory
Evan L. Porteus1988
Dynamic Process Improvement
Evan L. Porteus, Charles Fine1987
Setup Reduction and Increased Effective Capacity
Evan L. Porteus, Anne Spence1986
Temporal von Neumann-Morgenstern and Induced Preferences
David M. Kreps, Evan L. Porteus1978
Dynamic Choice Theory and Dynamic Programming
David M. Kreps, Evan L. Porteus1977
Decomposition of Arborescent Linear Programs
Evan L. Porteus, Markku Kallio1976
A Class of Methods for Linear Programming
Evan L. Porteus, Markku Kallio1975
Analysis of Linear Programs By Sequential Projection | PDF
Markku Kallio, Evan L. Porteus1975
On Finite Stage Decision Processes | PDF
Evan L. Porteus1972
More on Quadratic Programming | PDF
Evan L. Porteus1971

Stanford Case Studies

Venture Viability Research | E324
Claire Magat, Evan Porteus, Dennis Rohan2008

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

  • Faculty, Center for Global Business and the Economy
  • Faculty Director, Doctoral Program, 1999-2003

Service to the Profession

  • Associate Editor, Operations Research, 1970-2005
  • Associate Editor, Management Science, 1993-2002
  • Member of Board of Directors, StartUp, an East Palo Alto Micro-Business Initiative, 1994-2007
  • Senior Editor, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 1996-2005

In the Media

The Stanford Graduate Supply Chain
Eyemine, February 2001

Insights by Stanford Business

June 1, 2007
A mathematical model aligns quantity and price to produce maximum profits.