Nicholas Hall

Professor of Management Sciences

Operations and Business Analytics


Nicholas G. Hall is a professor in the departments of Management Sciences and Integrated Systems Engineering. He came to Ohio State in 1983 from the University of California-Berkeley. His research interests are in tactical issues within operations management, especially project management, scheduling, supply chain incentives and pricing, and in applications of operations research. He has published over 70 articles in the journals Operations Research,Management ScienceMathematics of Operations ResearchMathematical ProgrammingInterfaces and several other journals.

Hall has served for a total of over 40 years on the editorial boards of Operations Research and Management Science. He has given over 300 academic presentations, including 89 invited presentations in 20 countries, and seven conference keynote presentations. A 2008 citation study ranked him 13th among 1,376 scholars in the operations management field. He won the Fisher Pacesetters’ Faculty Research Award in 1998 and 2005. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

Hall has served as president of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management society, and is currently treasurer of INFORMS. He served for five years on the State of Ohio Steel Industry Advisory Council. He has been a visiting professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hall teaches project management, one of the most popular MBA electives at Fisher, a modeling course, and several advanced PhD-level courses. He is the owner of a consulting business, CDOR, which provides business solutions to Ohio business and government communities, as well as advice on intellectual property issues for New York City law firms.


  • Top Cited Article Award, Discrete Applied Mathematics, 2005-10
  • Meritorious Service Award, Operations Research journal, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2009
  • Pace Setters Research Award, 1998, 2005  
  • Outstanding Evening MBA Program Teaching Award, 2nd place: 1995-97

Areas of Expertise

  • Project management
  • Scheduling
  • Tactical control decisions in manufacturing
  • Supply chain incentives
  • Energy modeling
  • Pricing
  • Applications of operations research to health care
  • Applications of operations research to sports


  • PhD in Management Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA in Economics, University of Cambridge
  • BA in Economics, University of Cambridge


Published Articles

In Press

  • N.G. Hall, “A Comparison of Inventory Replenishment Heuristics for Minimizing Maximum Storage,” American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences.
  • J. Goh and N.G. Hall, “Total Cost Control in Project Management via Satisficing,” revised for Management Science.
  • N.G. Hall and Z. Liu, “Market Good Flexibility in Capacity Auctions,” Production and Operations Management.
  • N.G. Hall and C.N. Potts, “A Proposal for Redesign of the FedEx Cup Playoff Series on The PGA Tour,” Interfaces
  • N.G. Hall and M.E. Posner, “Chapter 3: The Generation of Experimental Data for Computational Testing in Optimization,” Empirical Methods for the Analysis of Optimization Algorithms, ed. T. Bartz-Beielstein, M. Chiarandini, L. Paquete and M. Preuss, Springer, Berlin, Germany.


  • BUSOBA 7223 - Project Management

    Introduces challenges senior managers face in companies that run multiple projects with a focus on overall project portfolio management, project selection, resource allocation between projects & organizational team design. Students identify their strengths & weaknesses in projects with a creative problem-solving exercise & experience real-life applications with visits from local project managers. Prereq: Enrollment in Fisher College of Business Grad program, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 cr hrs.

  • BUSOBA 8241 - Operations Method II

    Doctoral research seminar: critical analysis of analytical research methods and dynamic programming. Prereq: Enrollment in BusAdm PhD program.

  • BUSOBA 7258 - Sports Analytics for Business

    Analytics has become highly influential in business over the last 25 years. More recently, it has come to influence aspects of sports, including tournament and team management, real time strategy, and betting. The class demonstrates how skills such as critical thinking, mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics and optimization are valuable in sports. Prereq: Enrollment in Fisher College of Business Grad program, or permission of instructor.