Mahmut Parlar

Operations Management
Distinguished Business Research Professor
McMaster University 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4M4

905-525-9140, x22858

Dr. Mahmut Parlar is the Distinguished Business Research Professor for the DeGroote School of Business and is a Professor of Management Science, specializing in the applications of operations research techniques to supply chain management decisions. Prior to focusing on research, Dr. Parlar spent several years as a consultant, working with clients such as Canadian National Railways, and the Systems Science Research Institute (Ankara, Turkey).

Mahmut is a highly accomplished and recognized leader in his field; a study by the University of Alberta’s School of Business reported that the citations received by his publications between 1990-1999 placed him in the top 1% among all Canadian business academics.


  • Ph.D., Management Sciences, University of Waterloo (1979)
  • M.Sc., Operations Research, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (1975)
  • B.Sc., Mathematics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (1973)

Professional Activities

Professor Parlar’s research work in the areas listed above have appeared in the form of more than 110 refereed articles published in journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Annals of Operations Research, Transportation Science, Journal of Quality Technology, Applied Mathematical Finance and others. He has recently published a book (Interactive Operations Research with Maple: Methods and Models, Birkhauser, Boston) that describes the effective use of the computer algebra system Maple in operations research modelling. He has consulted on issues related to design optimization, bidding strategies and production planning. Professor Parlar is currently serving as a member of the Editorial Board of IIE Transactions.

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