Jim Bookbinder

Jim Bookbinder

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Phone: 519-888-4013
Location: CPH 4356


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Biography summary

Jim Bookbinder is a Professor in the Department of Management Sciences, and the Director of the Waterloo Management of Integrated Manufacturing Systems (WATMIMS) research group at the University of Waterloo.

He previously served as President of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) and as Chair of the Transportation Science and Logistics Section of INFORMS. Prior to joining UWaterloo, Dr. Bookbinder was a part-time Lecturer at the University of Toronto, and also had approximatively 10 years of industrial experience.

Dr. Bookbinder has research interests in applied operations, logistics and inventory management, and modes of transport and transportation systems. His research has allowed him to work with different industry leaders, such as the Canadian Tire Corporation, CN North America, Ford Motor Company of Canada, General Motors of Canada, Revlon of Canada and Toronto Transit Commission. In addition to his research work, Dr. Bookbinder also wrote the book Handbook of Global Logistics: Transportation in International Supply Chains, as well as several articles regarding business and transportation management.

Research interests

  • Logistics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Freight Transportation
  • Shipment Consolidation
  • Routing
  • Production
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Simulation
  • Optimization
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Analytics
  • Operations Research
  • Data Analytics Research


  • 1974, Master's, Economics and Finance, University of Toronto
  • 1969, Doctorate, Applied Mathematics, University of California - San Diego
  • 1967, Master's, Physics, University of California - San Diego
  • 1964, Bachelor's, Mathematics, San Diego State University


  • MSCI 252 - Prob. & Stats for Engineers
    • Taught in 2019
  • MSCI 334 - Operations Planning and Inventory Control
    • Taught in 2019, 2024
  • MSCI 431 - Stochastic Models and Methods
    • Taught in 2022, 2023
  • MSCI 434 - Supply Chain Management
    • Taught in 2020, 2023, 2024
  • MSCI 435 - Advanced Optimization Techniques
    • Taught in 2020
  • MSCI 452 - Decision Making Under Uncertainty
    • Taught in 2021, 2022
  • MSCI 633 - Production and Inventory Management
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2023
  • MSCI 709 - Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    • Taught in 2020, 2022, 2024

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/recent publications

  • G.Y. Ke, H. Zhang, J.H. Bookbinder, A Dual-Toll Policy for Regulating the Transportation of Hazardous Materials, International Journal of Production Economics, 227(107650), 2020
  • A. Alnaggar, F. Gzara and J.H. Bookbinder, Crowdsourced Delivery: A Review of Platforms and Academic Literature, Omega, 98(102139), 2021
  • Masaeli, M and Alumur, SA and Bookbinder, JH, Shipment scheduling in hub location problems, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 115, 2018, 126 - 142
  • McPhee, Jessica and Paunonen, Ari and Ramji, Taufiq and Bookbinder, James H, Implementing Off-peak Deliveries in the Greater Toronto Area: Costs, Benefits, Challenges, Transportation Journal, 54(4), 2015, 473 - 495
  • Bookbinder, James H, Dynamic control rules for conveyor intersections in a truck-assembly paint shop, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 76(9-12), 2015, 1515 - 1527
  • Bookbinder, James H and Elhedhli, Samir and Li, Zichao, The air-cargo consolidation problem with pivot weight: Models and solution methods, Computers & Operations Research, 59, 2015, 22 - 32
  • Bayley, Tiffany A and Bookbinder, James H, The Dynamic Family Assignment Heuristic, IFAC-PapersOnLine, 48(3), 2015, 1161 - 1166
  • Robinson, A.G. and J.H. Bookbinder, NAFTA Supply Chains: Facilities Location and Logistics, International Transactions in Operational Research, 14(2), 2007, 179 - 199
  • Bookbinder, James H and Mant, Paul, Latin American Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Perspective from the Research Literature, Handbook of Global Logistics, , 174 manuscript pages
  • Bookbinder, James H and Prentice, Barry E, The future, Handbook of Global Logistics, , 546 manuscript pages
  • Bookbinder, James H and Matuk, Tiffany A, Logistics and transportation in global supply chains: review, critique and prospects, Tutorials in operations research. Hanover, MD: Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, , 211 manuscript pages
  • Bookbinder, James, Supply Chain Network Design: Applying Optimization and Analytics to the Global Supply Chain, January

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