Faculty – Daniel Solow

Daniel Solow - Professor, Operations
Professor, Operations

daniel.solow@case.edu
216.368.3837
Peter B. Lewis Building 322
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

Daniel Solow, PhD, professor of operations, pursues several streams of research. The first area is complex systems, which are systems made up of a number of individual “agents” that interact in complex ways. He has 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. His third focus is in developing systematic teaching methods to help college and graduate students learn advanced mathematics.

In addition, Solow is the author of four books: THE KEYS TO LINEAR ALGEBRA, THE KEYS TO ADVANCED MATHEMATICS, HOW TO READ AND DO PROOFS, and most recently LINEAR PROGRAMMING: AN INTRODUCTION TO FINITE IMPROVEMENT ALGORITHMS, 2ND EDITION. His academic publications focus on deterministic optimization and complex adaptive system and have appeared in numerous journals including ORGANIZATION SCIENCE, COMPUTATIONAL AND MATHEMATICAL ORGANIZATION THEORY and INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH.

Since his appointment to Case Western Reserve University in 1978, Solow has presented at numerous conferences and institutions including Asian Simulation and Modeling Conference, Naval Postgraduate School and the Canadian Mathematical Society. Solow earned a PhD from Stanford University, a MS from University of California at Berkeley, and his BS from Carnegie-Mellon University.

In the classroom, Solow teaches the use of quantitative methods such as statistics and modeling for use in decision making to Weatherhead School of Management MBA, master's and PhD students. Solow is the 2010 and 2015 recipient of the Weatherhead Teaching Excellence Award, which is based on graduate student nominations. Additionally, he received the Faculty Teaching Executive Award in 2015, also based on student nominations.

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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. (2015).
  • Weatherhead Teaching Excellence, Weatherhead School of Management. (2010).