Faculty – Daniel Solow

DanielSolow - Professor, Operations
Daniel SolowProfessor, Operations

daniel.solow@case.edu
216.368.3837
Peter B. Lewis Building 322
Office Hours: Spring 2015: On Sabbatical

Daniel Solow pursues several streams of research. The first area is “complex systems”, which are systems made up of a number of factors that interact in complex ways. He’s developed mathematical models that provide insight on how much interaction among employees and managers is good for performance and the role and value of leadership. Related research identifies when, how and how much central control benefits a complex system. Solow's second research area involves developing computer programs for solving decision problems in business, engineering, economics, mathematics and computer science. And his third focus is in developing systematic teaching methods to help college and graduate students learn advanced mathematics.


PhD, Stanford University, 1978
MS, University of California at Berkeley, 1972
BS, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1970

Initially Appointed: 1978

Interests and Courses

Research

Solow uses mathematical models, analysis and computer simulations to study how properties emerge in complex adaptive systems, with applications to teams and leadership in organizations. He also does basic research with linear, combinatorial and nonlinear optimization.

Teaching

Solow teaches the use of quantitative methods such as statistics and modeling for use in decision making to Weatherhead's MBA, master's and PhD students.

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Solow, D. (2014).
    Linear Programming: An Introduction to Finite Improvement Algorithms, 2nd ed. Dover Publications.
  • Solow, D., Szmerekovsky, J. (2014).
    Setting Leadership Goals and Getting Those Goals Accomplished: Insights from a Mathematical Model Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory.
  • Millhiser, W., Coen, C. A., Solow, D. (2011).
    Understanding the role of worker interdependence in team selection (vol. 22, issue 3, pp. 772-787). Organization Science.
  • Solow, D. (2009).
    How to Read and Do Proofs, 5th edition (pp. 301). New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Solow, D., Halim, H. H. (2009). In Prof. Angappa Gunasekaran (Ed.),
    Improving the Efficiency of the Simplex Algorithm Based on a Geometric Explanation of Phase 1 (vol. 5, issue 4, pp. 408 - 428). International Journal of Operational Research.
  • Solow, D., Szmerekovsky, J. (2008).
    Factors that Affect the Optimal Amount of Central Control in Complex Systems Naval Research Logistics.

Presentations

  • Solow, D. (Presenter & Author) Departmental Seminar, "Visionary vs. Charismatic Leadership: Insights from a Mathematical Model", Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin, Austin, TX. (2015).
  • Solow, D. (Presenter & Author) Winter Meeting of the Canadian Math Society, "What a Transition Course Should (and Should Not) Be …In My Opinion", Canadian Mathematical Society, Hamilton, ON, Canada. (2014).
  • Solow, D. (Presenter & Author) Naval Postgraduate School, "What makes a Combinatorial Optimization Problem Easy or Hard to Solve?", Department of Operations Research, Monterey, CA. (2012).
  • Solow, D. (Presenter & Author), Szmerekovsky, J. (Author Only) Naval Postgraduate School, "What makes a Combinatorial Optimization Problem Easy or Hard to Solve?” ", Department of Operations Research, Monterey, CA. (2012).
  • Solow, D. (Presenter & Author) High School Outreach, "On the Nature of Mathematical Proofs", Montessori High School, Cleveland, OH. (2011).
  • Solow, D. (Presenter & Author), Szmerekovsky, J. (Author Only) Naval Postgraduate School, "Mathematical Models Justifying the Emergence of Leadership", Department of Operations Research, Monterey, CA. (2010).
  • Solow, D. Asian Simulation and Modeling Conference, "Factors that Affect the Optimal Amount of Central Control in Complex Systems", Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. (2009).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Committee Member, Ad Hoc Darwin Committee, 2006 - 2009

Awards

  • Weatherhead Teaching Excellence, Weatherhead School of Management. (2010).