The Department of Management offers a PhD program in the following areas: Operations Management, Organizational Behavior and Strategy/International Business. Our research in these areas brings together relevant concepts, skills and techniques from many disciplines to blend theory and research into the development of effective strategies for managers. The goal in each of these areas is to better manage business processes and organizations to achieve the greatest competitive advantage.
Program Description for Operations Management Concentration
Doctoral students in this concentration learn quantitative and analytical skills needed to conduct research and develop theory in the area of Operations Management. Operations Management addresses issues of supply chain management, production, distribution and logistics, retailing and service industries. We use economic and game theory methodologies, optimization techniques, and empirical organizational approaches that are rigorous for all managers in functional areas of business. Our area of research focuses on the global economy considering manufacturing, logistics, retailing and the service industries. More specifically, we study the entire supply chains of global organizations, dealing with strategic procurement, outsourcing, inventory theory, distribution and logistics, forecasting, dynamic pricing, and bargaining.
A typical student in Operations Management would take the following core courses in Year 1: Micro Economics, Optimization Models, Dynamic Optimization, Statistical Methods I and II. In addition, students would be expected to take classes in Game Theory, Stochastic Processes and other Operations Management courses in Supply Chain Management and Inventory Management.
Faculty in the Operations Management area have successfully published their work in the top journals of the field, such as Management Science, Operations Research, Naval Research Logistics, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, and IIE Transactions, and presented their research at leading national and international conferences. Its members serve on editorial boards of the premier journals. In conjunction with faculty in the Department of Management Science, the group conducts an active research seminar series. This provides a forum for discussion of current research topics by department faculty and guest speakers from other universities.