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Production and Operations Management: Gilbert Laporte Among the World’s Top Authors

January 7, 2010

Professor Laporte 's exceptional scientific contribution in the field of production and operations management, already recognized by numerous awards and distinctions, was clearly highlighted by a recent study. Taiwanese researchers who analyzed scientific authors’ productivity and activity in this field found that Professor Laporte, of the HEC Montréal Department of Management Sciences, is one of the top authors in his field worldwide.

The study looked at the 44,881 authors who published articles in 20 core POM journals in the past half century. Gilbert Laporte placed:

- first, for his productivity in the select group of five leading journals in this field;
- first, for his scientific output (his h index is the highest of all the 44,881 authors surveyed);  
- third, for his total number of publications (161 articles) in all the 20 journals analyzed over the period covered by the study (1959-2008).

Professor Laporte is also one of the two authors with the greatest number of collaborations with the most authors over the past 20 years, a clear indication of his talent in forging fruitful research partnerships with experts around the globe.

The study by Pao-Nuan Hsieh and Pao-Long Chang, entitled “An assessment of world-wide research productivity in production and operations management,” was published in the International Journal of Production Economics (Vol. 120, No. 2, August 2009, pp. 540-551, with an online addendum on December 16).

Professor Laporte is the winner of the 2009 Gérard-Parizeau Award. Just recently, he was also honoured with the Robert M. Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science, a distinction awarded every two years by the Transportation Science and Logistics Society of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). He is only the ninth person to receive this tribute, which was presented to him in October at the annual INFORMS meeting, in San Diego. He was also named the 42nd honorary member of the Omega Rho International Honor Society of INFORMS at the CORS-INFORMS meeting in Toronto in June 2009.

Gilbert Laporte is a Full Professor of Operational Research at HEC Montréal, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1998 and a Fellow of INFORMS since 2005, to mention only a few distinctions. In 2007, the Royal Society of Canada awarded him the Innis-Gérin Medal.

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