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Dean Jain's research interests include the analysis and design of manufacturing systems, optimization algorithms, and probabilistic analysis of combinatorial problems. He has published in the professional literature on telecommunications network design and his more recent work has investigated the impact of growing product variety on the manufacture and design of families of products, especially in the automobile industry.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Indore University in India, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a PhD in operations research from the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the faculty of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and served for 26 years before joining Yale SOM.

At Wharton he taught courses in operations management and management science at the MBA, PhD, and undergraduate levels. In 1993 he became director of Wharton’s MBA Program and was instrumental in several curricular initiatives. From 2000 to 2010 he served as vice dean and director of Wharton’s Graduate Division and from 2010 to 2012 as vice dean of Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives.

Dean Jain has won numerous teaching awards and has taught courses at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, and the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and Mohali. He has served on the International Advisory Council of the ISB and as its co-area leader in operations management.


  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • BS, University of Indore, India

Selected Works


  • Strategies for Product Variety: Lessons From the Auto Industry
    A. Jain, M. L. Fisher and J. P. MacDuffie
    Redesigning the Firm
  • The Steiner Problem on Directed Graphs: A Probabilistic Analysis of the Duality Gap
    A. Jain
    Annals of Operations Research
    Volume Special Volume on Topological Network Design


Working Papers


  • Howard E.Mitchell Award, January 2000. Inaugural award given at the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Conference for educational contribution to African-American students.
  • Teaching Award, Wharton Graduate Association, 1996, 2000
  • “Whatever It Takes” Award, Wharton Graduate Association, 1996
  • Award for teaching in the Core Curriculum, Wharton Miller-Sherrerd, 1992-1995
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Wharton, 1992, 1994
  • Honor Society Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa, 1985-1986
  • Jacob Marschak Fellowship, UCLA, 1981-1982 and 1983-1984