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Chris Piper

Professor Emeritus

C.J. (Chris) Piper

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  • Just-in-Time Operations
  • Manufacturing Planning Systems

Chris Piper received his undergraduate education at McGill University in his hometown of Montreal. After graduation he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he discovered his strong interest in Operations Management. He entered Ivey's MBA Program in 1967, and joined the faculty upon graduation. Subsequently, he studied operations research and systems sciences at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie-Mellon University, receiving a MS in the former and a PhD in the latter. In 1983, the American Production and Inventory Control Society certified him as a fellow in production and inventory management (CFPIM). He was awarded a life CFPIM by APICS in 2007.

Piper teaches, researches, and writes cases in the operations management area. He has advised companies on manufacturing planning and control, forecasting, lean operations and operations strategy. He has helped design, deliver and direct executive development seminars and management programs in Canada and abroad. He has been a visiting professor at the Rotterdam School of Management, the International University of Japan and the Helsinki School of Economics.


  • BSc, McGill
  • MBA, Western
  • MS, Carnegie-Mellon
  • PhD, Carnegie-Mellon

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Sawhney, R.; Piper, C. J., 2002, "Value Creation Through Enriched Marketing-Operations Interfaces: An Empirical Study In The Printed Circuit Board Industry", Journal of Operations Management, January 20(3): 259 - 272.
  • Piper, C. J.; Vachon, S., 2001, "Accounting for Productivity Losses in Aggregate Planning", International Journal of Production Research, January 39(17): 4001 - 4012.
  • Melnyk, S. A.; Piper, C. J., 1981, "Implementation of Material Requirements Planning: Safety Lead Times", International Journal of Operations and Production Management, December 2(1): 52 - 61.
  • Piper, C. J.; Zoltners, A. A., 1976, "Some Easy Postoptimality Analysis for Zero-One Programming", Management Science, March 22(7): 759 - 765.
  • Piper, C. J.; Zoltners, A. A., 1975, "Implicit Enumeration Based Algorithms for Postoptimizing Zero-One Programs", Naval Research Logistics, December 22(4)

For more publications please see our Research Database


  • Designed, directed and taught executive programs (1990-2010)
  • Director Competitive Excellence through Operations Program. (1995-2007)
  • Director Canadian Pacific Railway Executive Learning Program (1996-1999)
  • Proposed and helped design the first fully interactive virtual classroom network used by the Ivey Across Canada EMBA program for case teaching by video-conferencing (1995-2000)
  • Consultant to organizations in the areas of forecasting, production planning, inventory control, and logistics (1980-present)
  • Member University Pension Board (1991-1998)
  • University Senate (1998-2004)
  • Chair, Ivey Academic Integrity Committee (2004-2007)

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