Graduate School of Business Administration, KOBE UNIVERSITY

Hirofumi Matsuo manegement(MIT)

Personal Profile


Professor of Operations Management
Director of the SESAMI Program (

Specialized Fields

Operation management,Supply Chain Management

Fields of Interest

supply chain management, production planning and scheduling, operations strategy, servicizing of manufacturing, disruption risk management

Current Research

  • “Repairable Service Parts Management for Maintaining Gas Turbines,” Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Operations Management and Strategy, 2015, pp. 51-66. (coauthored with X. Sun)
  • “A Comparative Study of GRI Sustainability Reports in the Gas Turbine Industry,” Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Operations Management and Strategy, 2015, pp.67-82. (coauthored with Vasilakis Vasileios)
  • “Implications of the Tohoku Earthquake for Toyota’s coordination mechanism: Supply chain disruption of automotive semiconductors,” International Journal of Production Economics, 2015, Vol. 161, pp. 217-227.
  • “Horizontal Coordinating Contracts in the Semiconductor Industry,” European Journal of Operational Research, 2014, Vol. 237, pp.887-897.(coauthored with Xiaole Wu, Panos Kouvelis, Hiroki Sano)
  • “Horizontal Capacity Coordination for Risk Management and Flexibility: Pay ex ante or Commit a Fraction of ex post Demand?” Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2013, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 458-472. (coauthored with X. Wu, P. Kouvelis )
  • “Supply chain disruptions from the Tohoku earthquake: What happened to automotive semiconductors and what should be researched?” Proceedings of the 4th Production and Operations Management World Conference, 2012.
  • “The effect of risk aversion on the retailer-manufacturer relationship with respect to return policies,” Proceedings of the 4th Production and Operations Management World Conference, 2012. (coauthored with S. Ohmura )
  • “Repetitive Testing of Multiple Products with Limited Capacity,” International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, 2010, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 247-264. (coauthored with J. Ding, B. S. Greenberg )
  • “Measuring Changes in Quality Management: An Empirical Analysis of Japanese Manufacturing Companies,” Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, 2009, Vol.20, No. 12, 1337-1374. (coauthored with R. Arauz, H. Suzuki )
  • Manufacturing Fundamentals: Necessity and Sufficiency, Proceedings of the Third World Conference on Production and Operations Management, Japanese Operations Management and Strategy Association, 2008. (coauthored with K. Amasaka , Y. Matsui , M. Morita )
  • “Innovating Innovation: The Case of Seven-Eleven Japan,” International Commerce Review: ECR Journal, 2007, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 104-114. (coauthored with S. Ogawa )
  • “Method for Estimating Customer's Product Preference in an Online Shopping System,” Studies in Informatics and Control, 2005, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 143-153. (coauthored with T. Ono, N. Komoda )
  • “Simulation-Based Advanced WIP Management and Control in Semiconductor Manufacturing,” Proceedings of the 2004 Winter Simulation Conference, 2004, pp. 1943-1950. (coauthored with T. Okazaki, K. Miyashita )
  • “Constant Time Interval Production Planning with Application to WIP Control in Semiconductor Fabrication,” Proceedings of the 2003 Winter Simulation Conference, 2003, pp. 1329-1337. (coauthored with K. Miyashita, K. Senoh, H. Ozaki )
  • “ECR: a ‘fresh’ look from Japan,” ECR Journal, 2002, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 17-27. (coauthored with Y. Takeda )
  • “Human Resource Planning in Knowledge-Intensive Operations: A Model for Learning with Stochastic Turnover,” European Journal of Operational Research, 2001, Vol. 130, No. 1, pp. 169-189. (coauthored with S. K. Bordoloi )
  • “A Mini-Line Approach for Pull Production,” European Journal of Operational Research, 2000, Vol. 125, No. 2, pp. 340-358. (coauthored with R. Ahmadi )
  • “Operations Planning in the Presence of Innovation Diffusion Dynamics,” New-Product Diffusion Models, Kluwer Academic Publishers, in V. Mahajan et al. (eds.) , 2000, pp. 237-259. (coauthored with M.A. Cohen, T.H. Ho )
  • “Flexibility, Adaptability, and Efficiency in Manufacturing Systems,” Production and Operations Management, 1999, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 133-150. (coauthored with S.K. Bordoloi, W.W. Cooper )
  • “Repetitive Testing Strategies When the Testing Process is Imperfect,” Management Science, 1998, Vol. 44, No. 10, pp. 1367-1378. (coauthored with J. Ding, B.S. Greenberg )
  • “Product Growth Models for Medium-Term Forecasting of Short Life Cycle Products,” Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 1998, Vol. 57, No. 3, pp. 169-196. (coauthored with A.A. Kurawarwala )
  • “Control Policy for a Manufacturing System with Random Yield and Rework,” Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 1997, Vol.95, No. 1, pp. 149-175. (coauthored with L. Gong )
  • “Profiting from Process Improvements in the New Semiconductor Manufacturing Environment,” Technology and Operations Review, 1997, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 1-16. (coauthored with R. McIvor, J.D. Martin, J. Ng )
  • “Forecasting and Inventory Management of Short Life Cycle Products,” Operations Research, 1996, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 131-150. (coauthored with A.A. Kurawarwala )
  • “Component Fixture Positioning/Sequencing for Printed Circuit Board Assembly with Concurrent Operations,” Operations Research, 1995, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 444-457. (coauthored with J. Ahmadi, R. Ahmadi, D. Tirupati )
  • “Two-Stage Perishable Inventory Models,” Management Science, 1993, Vol. 39, No. 5, pp. 633-649. (coauthored with C. Goh, B. S. Greenberg )
  • “A Crane Scheduling Problem in a Computer Integrated Manufacturing Environment,” Management Science, 1991, Vol. 37, No. 5, pp. 587-606. (coauthored with J. S. Shang, R. S. Sullivan )
  • “The Line Segmentation Problem,” Operations Research, 1991, Vol. 39, No. 1, 42-55. (coauthored with R. Ahmadi )
  • “Cyclic Sequencing Problems in the Two-Machine Permutation Flow Shop: Complexity, Worst-Case and Average-Case Analysis,” Naval Research Logistics, 1990, Vol. 37, No. 5, pp. 679-694.
  • “A Stochastic Sequencing Problem for Style Goods with Forecast Revisions and Hierarchical Structure,” Management Science, 1990, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 332-347.
  • “A Bottleneck-Based Beam Search for Job Scheduling in a Flexible Manufacturing System,” International Journal of Production Research, 1989, Vol. 27, No. 11, pp. 1949-1961. (coauthored with Y. Chang, R. S. Sullivan )
  • “A Knowledge-Based System for Stacker Crane Control in a Manufacturing Environment,” IEEE Trans. on Syst., Man and Cybern, 1989, Vol. 19, No. 5, pp. 932-945. (coauthored with J. S. Shang, R. S. Sullivan )
  • “A Controlled Search Simulated Annealing Method for the Single Machine Weighted Tardiness Problem,” Annals of Operations Research, 1989, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 85-108. (coauthored with C. Suh, R. S. Sullivan )
  • “A Controlled Search Simulated Annealing Method for the General Jobshop Scheduling Problem,” IC2 Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, 1988, 88-3-4. (coauthored with C. Suh, R. S. Sullivan )
  • “The Weighted Total Tardiness Problem with Fixed Shipping Times and Overtime Utilization,” Operations Research, 1988, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 293-307.
  • “Production Planning of Style Goods with High Setup Costs and Forecast Revisions,” Operations Research, 1986, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 226-236. (coauthored with G. R. Bitran, E. A. Haas )
  • “The Multi-Item Capacitated Lot Size Problem: Error Bounds of Manne's Formulations,” Management Science, 1986, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 350-359. (coauthored with G. R. Bitran )
  • “Approximation Formulations for the Single Product Capacitated Lot Size Problem,” Operations Research, 1986, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 63-74. (coauthored with G. R. Bitran )