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Professor Robert W. Grubbström FVR RI, FLO K April 2011
Date of Birth: November 12, 1941, in
Marital Status: Married to Anne-Marie Grubbström, née Behm, with three children Henrik (born 1972), Carl (born 1975), Cecilia (born 1978).
Education and degrees
National Service Officer Training (Naval Engineer), Royal Naval Academy, Näsbypark, 1960-65.
of Science in Electrical Engineering, Royal Institute of
of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology,
of Business Administration,
Docent of Business Administration,
Doctor of Technology,
Doctor of Economic Sciences,
Doctor of Economic and Social Sciences, Leopold-Franzens-Universität,
University Positions etc.
Assistant, Department of
Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology,
Lecturer, Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of
Professor of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology,
Docent, Gothenburg School of Economics and Business Administration, 1971-74 (on leave entire period).
Associate Professor of Business Administration, University of Stockholm, 1970-71.
Acting Professor of Business Administration, University of Stockholm, 1971-72.
Acting Professor of Production Economics, Linköping Institute of Technology, 1972-74.
Professor of Production Economics, Linköping Institute of Technology (appointed by King-in-Council), 1974-. Emeritus, December 2008.
Fellow, European Institute of Advanced Studies in Management,
Professor, Haute Études Commerciales (HEC), Jouy-en-Josas,
External Examiner, Cranfield Institute of Technology, 1983-90.
of International Evaluation Committee,
Member of International Evaluation Committee for the Industrial Management and Engineering Programmes, Finnish Higher Educational Evaluation Council, 1998.
of International Evaluation Committee for the Faculty of Management
& Organization and the Faculty of Economics, University of
Special Professor, School of Mechanical, Materials,
Manufacturing Engineering and Management,
of International Advisory Board,
Visiting Professor, University of Ljubljana, 2006-2007.
Dean and President of Senate, Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, Šempeter
of International Research Assessment Panel for the merger between the Helsinki School of Economics, the
Helsinki University of Technology and the
Scientific Editorial Assignments
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Production
Economics (IJPE), (formerly Engineering
Costs and Production Economics), Elsevier,
The IJPE has a current Impact Factor of 2.068 and five-year Impact Factor of 2.736 (both 2009), and is ranked among the top few journals in the fields of Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Operational Research.
Editor, Studies in Production and Engineering
Economics, Book Series, Elsevier,
Editor, Opsearch (Journal of the
Operational Research Society of
Editor or Member of Advisory Editorial
Editor, Managerial and Decision
Adviser, Production and Operations
of International Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management,
of International Editorial Advisory Board, Decisions in Economics and Finance (Association for Mathematics Applied to Social and Economic
of Editorial Board, International
Journal of Production Research (Taylor and
of Advisory Board,
of Editorial Board, International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management (
of Editorial Board, International
Journal of Inventory Research (
Member of Editorial Board, International Journal of Decision
Sciences, Risk and Management (
Member of Editorial Board, The Open Operational Research Journal (
Member of Editorial Board, The Open
Management Journal (
Member of Editorial Board, Open Operational Research Reviews
of Editorial Board, International Journal of E-Adoption (IJEA) (Information
Resources Management Association,
Member of Editorial Board, Open Statistics and Probability Journal (
Member of Editorial Committee, Production Engineering (Springer,
Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Productivity Innovation (IRP,
Member of Editorial Board, International Journal
of Advanced Operations Management (
Member of Editorial Board, International Journal
of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling (
Member of Editorial Board, International Journal of
Strategic Engineering Asset Management (
Member of Editorial Board, International
Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development (
Member of International Advisory Board, International Journal of Energy Optimization and Engineering, 2010-.
Refereeing assignments for various scientific journals, among others International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Planning and Control, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Engineering Costs and Production Economics, Opsearch, Managerial and Decision Economics, Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Omega, Scandinavian Journal of Management, Yugoslav Journal of Operations Research, Optimal Control- Applications and Methods, The Engineering Economist, Applied Mathematics and Computation, Applied Energy, International Journal of Advanced Operations Management, Supply Chain Modelling: An International Journal, IMA Journal of Management Mathematics, Journal of Applied Physics and Engineering.
Guest Editorship for Several Special Issues of International Scientific Journals.
Member of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), London, 2008-.
Awards, Board Positions and Memberships etc.
Honorary Corporal, Kungl. Svea Trängregemente, 1981-.
Member, Management Professionals Association,
of Technology Honoris Causa,
Council Member, Förbundet Ung Företagsamhet i Sverige (Young
Leadership Award, Young
Service Award, International Society for Inventory Research, 1996.
of Recognition ”For outstanding contributions to the development of the Faculty”,
Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport,
(First Class) of the Order of the White Rose of
of Economic Sciences Honoris Causa,
Doctor of Economic and Social Sciences Honoris Causa, Leopold-Franzens-Universität, Innsbuck, 2006.
of the Order of the Lion of
Honorary President, Ekonomiska Klubben i Linköping (Linköping Economic Club), 2011.
American Institute of Industrial Engineers, Senior Member, 1980-.
Global Manufacturing Research Group, Member of Executive Council, 2002-.
International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), Member of Working Group 5.7 (Production Control), 1994-.
International Foundation for Production Research, Member of Council, 1993-.
International Society for Inventory Research, Board Member, 1990-1994, Vice President, 1982-1990, President, 1990-1992, Fellow, 1998-.
Research Society of
Scientific Council of Aerospace Division Saab-Scania (Forskningsrådet LiTH-Saab-Flyg), Saab-Scania, Member, 1986-1995.
Scientific Council for the Boards of Östgötabanken AB and Östgöta Holding AB (Östgötarådet), Chairman, 1984-86.
Swedish Institute of Industrial Engineers (SIFEO), Member, 1965-, Board Member 1974-81, President 1974-78.
World Organisation of General Systems and Cybernetics, Member of Liaison Committee, 1971-.
Argentus AktiesparfondförvaltningsAB, Stockholm, Board Member (Swedish Government Representative), 1982-1991, Scandinavian-Asian Venture Management Aktiebolag, Stockholm, Board Member, 1986, Östgöta Holding Aktiebolag, Board Member, 1983-1985, Prosper Aktiebolag, Board Member, 1983-1985, Laser Tool Aktiebolag, Board Member, 1985, Kontors Konsult Aktiebolag, Board Member, 1984, Tulwe Personnel Fund, Stockholm, Chairman of the Board, 1970-1982, MSS Management Simulation Systems AB, Board Member, 1998-2003.
Official Reviewing Assignments for Professorships
Engineering Systems Department,
Jersey Institute of
of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Deanship),
In addition, reviewing
assignments have been carried out concerning senior lectureships, docent
positions and research assistantships for various universities (mainly in
Examination/Subject Area Responsibility for Graduated Doctoral Students
Leonardz, "To Stop or Not To Stop - Some Elementary Optimal Stopping
Problems with Economic Interpretations" (
Stig-Arne Mattsson, (Licentiate) "Turordningsbestämning vid produktionsplanering", 1974.
Kaj Rosling, "Three Essays on Batch Production and Optimization", 1977.
N. C. Åke Almgren, "Framtagning av komplexa kundorder av anläggningskaraktär", 1977.
Janerik Lundquist, "Decentralized Price Control Applied to Cashflow Systems", 1982.
Henrik Jönsson, "Simulation Studies of Hierarchical Systems in Production and Inventory Control", 1983.
Anders Thorstenson, "Capital Costs in Inventory Models - A Discounted Cash Flow Approach", 1988.
Jan Olhager, "Setup Timing - Impact Analysis of Setup Reductions in Production and Inventory Systems", 1989.
Anders Segerstedt, (Licentiate), "Cover-Time Planning - An Alternative to MRP", 1990.
Bengt Savén, (Licentiate), "Produktionssimulering", 1990.
Peter Ovrin, (Licentiate), "The Performance of Manufacturing Planning and Control Methods in Different Production Facilities", Linköping Institute of Technology, 1991.
Huiping Ding, (Licentiate), "Theory of Initial Order Quantities", 1991.
Huiping Ding, "Theory of Initial Order Quantities - A Dynamic Sequence of Economic Order Quantities", 1992.
Molinder, (Licentiate), "Modelling of MRP in Terms of Input-Output Analysis
Joakim Wikner, ”Dynamic Modelling and Analysis of Information Flows in Production-Inventory and Supply Chain Systems”, 1994.
Anders Segerstedt, "Multi-Level Production and Inventory Control - related to MRP and Cover-Time Planning", 1995.
Molinder, ”Material Requirements Planning Employing Input-Output Analysis and
Per J. Agrell, ”Interactive Multi-Criteria Decision Making in Production Economics”, Linköping Institute of Technology, 1995.
Ou Tang, “Planning and Replanning within the Material Requirements Planning Environment – A Transform Approach”, 2000.
(Licentiate), “Capacity-Constrained Production-Inventory Systems – Using
Thi Thu Thuy Huynh, “Capacity Constraints in Multi-Stage Production-Inventory Systems”, 2006.
Conferrer of Doctor's Degrees, Linköping Institute of Technology, May 28, 1984.
Assignments as Official Faculty Opponent/Evaluator for Doctoral Theses
Strangert, "Information, Uncertainty and Adaptive Planning",
Anders Lundström, "Vessel Allocation in Container Systems", University of Gothenburg, 1976.
Ulf Elvestedt, “Beslutsanalys - en interaktiv ansats", Stockholm School of Economics, 1979.
Edsbäcker, "Marginal Pricing of Electricity", University of
Strömberg, "On the Evolution of Demand and Supply of Business Information
Systems in the Industrial Sector",
Sasidhar, "Decision Support System for Planning and Cost Control in Large
Production Systems with Emphasis on an Integrated Steel Plant",
Lars Brigelius, Peter Rosén, "Planering av produktflöden under en förändringsprocess", Gothenburg School of Economics and Business Administration, 1992.
Gustafsson, "Kundanpassad anläggningsframtagning för små och medelstora
företag", Royal Institute of Technology,
Bjørkvoll, "Rørtransport av naturgass: Kostnader, tariffering og
dimensjonering av kapasitet", Norwegian
E. Joachim Høeg-Krohn, "On Producer Assessment of Demand and
Equilibrium in Differentiated Markets", Norwegian
Buvik, ”Essays on Financial Optimization”,
Carmen de Nieves Nieto, ”Desarrollo de un modelo de recursos humanos basado en los procesos de la entidad de negocio. Aplicacion a los sistemas logisticos.”, Technical University of Cartagena, 2003.
Campuzano Bolarin, ”Modelo de Gestion de la Variabilidad de la Demanda
en la Cadena de Suministro. Analisis del Efecto Bullwhip.”,
Johansson, ”Product Costing for Sawmill Business Management”,
membership has been held in Doctoral Examination Committees (etc.), apart from
Linköping Institute of Technology, for the
Committee/Organisation Committee/Advisory Committee responsibilities at
International Teaching Responsibilities
Several Socrates Courses held.
International Society for
Inventory Research Summer School for Doctoral Students,
Course Responsibility for international
courses concerning the International Logistics Management Game.
Latest runs held in
Applications of Information Technology to Interactive Educational Processes.
Economic-Theoretic Model Playing. Software development for student interaction. First prototype developed and used Spring 1999. New version developed in collaboration with Ou Tang 2000-2003.
Logistics Management Game, Software development of interactive Management Game.
Game has been run in several European countries (
Miscellaneous consulting assignments in a number of major Swedish companies and banks, educational institutions, government authorities, military agencies, etc., and for the United Nations (UNIDO, 1985).
or editor/co-editor, of some 15 books, the latest being Bogataj, Ludvik,
Grubbström, Robert W. and Marija Bogataj, (Eds), Input-Output Analysis and Laplace
Transforms in Material Requirements Planning, Faculty of Maritime
Studies and Transport,
Articles and Research Reports etc.
Author or co-author of some 300 articles, essays, research reports and working papers, of which more than one hundred have been published in scientific journals, including Management Science, International Journal of Production Economics, The Mathematical Scientist, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Cybernetics, European Journal of Operational Research, Managerial and Decision Economics, Omega, Economic Systems Research, Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft, Applied Energy, Annual Reviews in Control, and others. Please refer to SCOPUS.
Sample of latest articles and presentations:
“An Attempt to Introduce Dynamics Into Generalised Exergy Considerations”, Applied Energy, Vol. 84(7 ‑ 8), 2007, 701 ‑ 718.
“Transform Methodology Applied to Some Inventory Problems”, 77(3), 2007, 297 ‑ 324.
“Balancing Queueing Costs and Capacity Costs along the Assembly Line – A Queueing-Theoretic Approach with Accounting Implications”, in Corsten, H., Missbauer, H., (Eds), Produktions- und Logistikmanagement, Verlag Franz Vahlen, Munich 2007, 395 ‑ 417.
”Planned lead time determination in a make-to-order remanufacturing system”, International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 108(1-2), 2007, 426-435, (co-authors Ou Tang and Simone Zanoni).
”Extensions of MRP Theory with Application to Distribution and Remanufacturing”, Opening Keynote Address, Proceedings, Second International Workshop on Successful Strategies in Supply Chain Management, January 8-9, 2009, Hong Kong, 3‑19.
”Optimal Lotsizing within MRP Theory”, Preprints of the 13th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing (INCOM’09), Keynote Address, Moscow, Russia, June 3-5, 2009, 15-30, (co-authors L. Bogataj and M. Bogataj), Revised version published in Annual Reviews in Control, Vol. 34(1), 2010, 89‑100.
“The Newsboy problem when customer demand is a compound renewal process”, European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 203(1), 2010, 134-142 (available online 7 July 2009).
“On the Representation of
Timing for Different Structures within MRP Theory”, PrePrints, Vol. 1, 16th International Working Seminar on Production
“The Newsboy problem when customer demand is a compound renewal process”, Opening Keynote Address, Eighth International Conference on Supply Chain Management and Information Systems (SCMIS 2010), Hong Kong, October 6 ‑ 8, 2010.
“Efficient location of industrial activity cells in a global supply chain”, International Journal of Production Economics, Article in Press, 2010. (Co-authors: Marija Bogataj, Ludvik Bogataj)
“The space of solution alternatives in the optimal lotsizing problem for general assembly systems applying MRP theory”, International Journal of Production Economics, Article in Press, 2011. (Co-author: Ou Tang)