ORRIN COOPER, Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management

901 678 4546
BA 332
Office Hours
T 1:00 - 2:00 PM & TH 4:10 - 5:10 PM & walk in/Digital Office hours/by appt


Orrin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. He came from the University of Pittsburgh where he obtained his PhD in Decision Science and Operations Management. Former studies also include a Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Business Management from Utah Valley University. The specialties that he brings to the University of Memphis include multi-criteria decision making, specifically with the Analytic Network Process (ANP), and behavioral operations management. Orrin's motivation in the classroom is to prepare students for the workforce. "Students need to know how to use Excel as they enter the workplace; it makes a huge difference to an employer to have experience with this amazing tool." He also places particular emphasis on developing Cognitive Reflection skills (critical thinking) in his students. This focus is driven by his former work experience as a budget analyst. The focus on education in the classroom is also accompanied by his current research to test for Coherency in the ANP Supermatrix. He also expresses a particular interest to focus more on behavioral operations management, in the near future. Recent published works include a research article in European Journal of Operational Management, "Linking Validation: A Search for Coherency within the Supermatrix" and "Linking Disjoint Supermatrices and Criteria Clusters" in the Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis.



Analytic Network Process (ANP) Behavioral Operations Supply Chain Management
R Code for Linking Coherency Index (LCI) and LCI-scores


Cooper, O., and G. Liu (2016) "Linking Disjoint Supermatrices and Criteria Clusters" Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. Vol. 23, Issue 3-4, pp. 139–159. doi: 10.1002/mcda.1570.

Cooper, O., and I., Yavuz, (2016) "Linking Validation: A Search for Coherency within the Supermatrix" European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 252, Issue 1, pp. 232-245.

Zhu, K., O. Cooper, S. Yang, and Q. Dong, (2014) An Extension of the AHP Dummy Pivot Modeling Applied to the Restructuring of the Iron and Steel Industry in China." IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

Cooper, O., and Q. Dong, (2013) "Bilateral Relations Between China and The United States: Policy Prioritization with the ANP." Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, Vol 22, Issue 2, pp. 202-226.

Cooper, O., P. Tadikamalla, and J. Shang, (2012) “Capturing the Interaction and Influence of Performance Metrics in the Selection of a 3rd Party Logistics Provider with ANP.”  Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis.

Petrillo, A., O. Cooper, F. De Felice, (2011) “Supply Chain Design by Integrating Multicriteria Decision Analysis and a Sustainability Approach.” International Organization of Scientific Research Journal of Engineering. 



SCMS 3711 Analytical Tools

SCMS 7110 Quantitative Tools for Managers

Prior Experience


Operations Management

Creativity and Problem Solving



Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis International Journal of the Analytic Hierarchy Process International Journal of Production Research

Session Chair:

ISAHP 2013 Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia INFORMS 2012, Phoenix, Arizona INFORMS 2011, Charlotte, North Carolina INFORMS 2010, Austin, Texas