Business Analytics and Information Systems — Business Administration
Thomas A. Grossman

Thomas A. Grossman

Professor

Professor Thomas Grossman is a leading-edge researcher and educator who enables students and alumni to harness the power of analytics to lead their organizations. His research and teaching encompasses spreadsheet engineering, business analytics, the management of spreadsheets within organizations, and analysis-driven process improvement.

One of Dr. Grossman's key specialties is helping students and organizations improve their managerial communication of analytic results. Professor Grossman believes you must determine which analytical insights are the most meaningful and actionable, then decide how best to relay these results to your desired audience, with the aim of nurturing and optimizing comprehension.

Prior to arriving at USF, Professor Grossman taught at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, and served as apprentice in an analytics consulting firm where he built large-scale optimization systems in both the United States and Scandinavia. The work entailed writing mainframe production software in so many different computer languages he can barely remember them all. This is where, Grossman claims, he learned to connect mathematics to management.

Education

Ph.D., Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University, 1994
M.S., Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1985
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1984

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.
Publications

The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

"Optimization Modeling for Logistics: Options and Implementations," Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 33 (2), 2012 (with M. Bartolacci, L.J. LeBlanc, and Y. Kayikci)

"Spreadsheets Grow Up: Three Spreadsheet Engineering Methodologies for Large Financial Planning Models," European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group 11th Annual Symposium, Greenwich, The United Kingdom, July 2010, (with Ö. Özlük)

"Resources for Spreadsheet Analysts,"Analytics, May-June 2010

"A Spreadsheet Scenario Analysis Technique That Integrates with Optimization and Simulation," INFORMS Transactions on Education, 2009, 10(1), pp. 18-33. (with Ö. Özlük)

"OR Process Skills Transform an Out of Control Call Center into a Strategic Asset," Interfaces, July-August 2009 (with V. Mehrotra)

Other

Operations Leader (and former President), The Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit (BAMRU) and received Distinguished Achievement Award, 2010

Advisory Board, INFORMS Summer Workshop on Teaching Mgmt. Science, 2004 - present

Officer, President/Elect/Past, Spreadsheet Productivity Research Interest Group, 2001 - present

United States Patent 7,133,848, "Dynamic Pricing System," 2006

Tom Grossman, University of San Francisco School of Management