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Gilbert Laporte, one of Canada’s most influential management researchers

April 5, 2012

Gilbert LaporteGilbert Laporte, a Full Professor with the Department of Management Sciences, is Canada’s third most influential researcher in the field of business, according to HiBAR, the Hirsch-Index Benchmarking of Academic Research. The first Canadian version of the index was recently published in The Globe and Mail.

Designed in 2005 by Jorge E. Hirsh, a Professor of Physics at the University of California in San Diego, the HiBAR index ranks scientific authors’ productivity and the impact of their publications on the university publications of their peers. The index is based on analysis of data on all Canadian university faculty and the number of citations in Google Scholar. The higher the score, the more influential the researcher. Professor Laporte, with a score of 44, ranks as the third-most influential Canadian researcher in the business field.

Professor Laporte’s exceptional scientific contribution to the management field was also recognized in 2010. Taiwanese researchers who analyzed scientific authors’ productivity and activity in this field found that he was one of the top authors worldwide in his field of production and operations management.

He won the Pierre Laurin Award in 2010, the Gérard-Parizeau Award in 2009, and the School’s Grand Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2001. He also received the Robert M. Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science in 2009, from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). He holds the Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management and is a member of the Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD) and of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT). He has also been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1998 and a Fellow of INFORMS since 2005. In 2007, the Royal Society of Canada presented him with the Innis-Gérin Medal.

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