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Evan L. Porteus

Professor Emeritus, Operations, Information & Technology
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Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Management Science, Emeritus

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

Gal Raz, Evan L. Porteus. Management Science. November 2006, Vol. 52, Issue 11, Pages 1764 - 1777.


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

Book Chapters

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

Courses Taught

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.