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  • Cooper Was Giant of Business Education

    Cooper Was Giant of Business Education

    Published: June 20, 2012

    Professor Emeritus William W. Cooper, an academic giant widely considered to be a father of management science, died Wednesday, June 20, at the age of 97. A high school dropout and former boxing champ, he went on to revolutionize business education and research. In a career that spanned nearly seven decades and included stints at the …

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      bedrijf starten said on July 4, 2012 at 5:40 a.m.
      Its true that Cooper Giant of Business education was, its very sad to see that, the father of management science died, but there a many like this man. bedrijf starten
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      James L. Chan said on June 24, 2012 at 3:53 p.m.
      It must be ESP or something. Out of the blue, a few minutes ago I thought of Professor W.W. Cooper and decided to Google his name to find what he was up to... only to find that he had passed away four days ago. Cooper and I crossed paths several times. I read his voluminous CV when I was on the nominating committee for the AAA Outstanding Accounting Educators Award. I became fascinated by his life and career, as told in part by Herbert Simon, his college friend at the Univ. of Chicago and close associate at Carnegie Mellon. Later, wishing to add a managerial emphasis and more quantitative rigor to my field, I approached Professors Rajiv Banker, A. Charnes and W.W. Cooper to guest edit a section on the applications of data envelopment analysis in the public and nonprofit sectors. To my surprise, Cooper readily agreed, and eight DEA papers were published in Vol. 5 of RESEARCH IN GOVERNMENT AND NONPROFIT ACCOUNTING (1989). Unfortunately, after I'd signed off on the manuscripts, someone on the publisher's staff decided "envelopment" didn't sound right, and changed it to "development." Thereupon, I learned a valuable lesson: While I was not responsible for the error, as editor I was accountable for preventing it. I apologized to all concerned. As I recall, Cooper was gracious and forgiving, and we corresponded for several more years. I adopted Cooper and Simon as my role model, even though it may be be hard to match their longevity and even harder to achieve their levels of academic productivity and renown. Wherever you are, Professor Cooper, I wanted to tell you that four years into my retirement, I have accepted a five-year Distinguished Professorship at Peking University in China. That would carry me to only to near age 70. RIP, Professor Cooper. Your student: James Chan, University of Illinois at Chicago Jun 24, 2012