Stephen G. Powell

Professor of Business Administration


DegreePhD, Stanford University, 1983; MS, Stanford University, 1976; AB, Oberlin College, 1971

AREAS OF EXPERTISEManagement science, operations management, business modeling and simulation

Current Research Topics

  • Novice modeling of unstructured problems
  • Spreadsheet engineering
  • Sensitivity analysis

Selected Publications

  • With R. Batt, Modeling for Insight, John Wiley & Sons, 2008
  • With K. Baker and B. Lawson, "Errors in Operational Spreadsheets," Journal of End User and Organizational Computing, 2008
  • With K. Baker and B. Lawson, "An Auditing Protocol for Spreadsheet Models," Information & Management, 45(5), 2008
  • With K. Baker and B. Lawson, "A Critical Review of the Literature on Spreadsheet Errors," Decision Support Systems, June 2008
  • With K. Baker, The Art of Modeling with Spreadsheets, John Wiley & Sons, second edition, 2007
  • With K. Schultz, "Throughput in Serial Lines with State-Dependent Behavior," Management Science, 50(8), 2004
  • With E. Fleisch and H. Oesterle, "Rapid Implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems," Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 14(2), 2004
  • With M. Schwaninger and C. Trimble, "Modeling a Control System for Organizational Processes," Cybernetics and Systems, 33, 2002
  • With K. Baker, "Methods of Assigning Students to Groups: A Study of Alternative Objective Functions," Journal of the Operational Research Society, 53(3), 2002


  • Award for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice, Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), 2001

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 1987–present
  • Faculty Affiliate, Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies, Tuck School, 2001–present
  • Academic Director, INFORMS Workshop on Teaching of Management Science

Nonacademic positions

  • Senior Management Science Analyst, Merrill Lynch, 1986–87
  • Senior Operations Research Analyst, RCA, 1985–86
  • Senior Strategic Analyst, Wang Laboratories, 1983–85