Professor of Operations Management
University of Chicago
Booth School of Business
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Voice: (773) 702-2576
My Email: don DOT eisenstein AT ChicagoBooth DOT edu
This research, much of it in collaboration with John J. Batholdi, III, explores how to induce desirable global behavior spontaneously, from the local interactions of agents. There have been a number of applications and implementations:
BUCKET BRIGADES, a self-organizing protocol for sharing work on an assembly-line. (This has been especially successful in organizing order-pickers in warehouses.)
A scheme to recover cyclic schedules after a disruption is described in this paper.
Public Sector Logistics
Here are a couple of papers with Ananth. V. Iyer describing our work for the city of Chicago.
Warehousing and Distribution
Managing Service Operations, Bus 40110
Operations Management, Business Process Fundamentals, Bus 40000.
Here is a sample syllabus.
Riverside Fashions is a case I wrote from my experience with apparel manufacturing. It sets up the problems a traditional apparel manufacturer is having using batch production. A teaching note and slides are available for instructors which details the ''solution'' for the firm.
Beamer Lecture Macros: A system I developed to make using the LaTeX-Beamer class especially nice for teaching purposes. One command will generate four versions of your slides from one LaTeX source file. A [Class] hand-out version that hides selected materials. A [Note] version with your lecture slide on top and your notes on bottom. A [Post-class] version for students with hidden material revealed. And of course a full Lecture version for use during your lecture.
Operations Quadrangle: A small text booklet that covers the basics of process flow analysis, queueing models, and inventory management.