Operations Management (
Why Operations Management?
I. The Advantages of
Nationally and internationally recognized for academic excellence and innovation in an array of research arenas
Doctoral students in
Operations Management have the opportunity to access an unusually broad set of
resources, including numerous unique University and regional strengths that
addition to routinely ranking Operations Management graduates from
- U.S. News ranks us:
Manufacturing Institute for joint Business/Engineering collaboration is among
the top such programs in the
Formal and funded, cross-functional initiatives
The center of the manufacturing universe
The State of
II. The Program in Operations
Management at the
The role of management is to activate and coordinate diverse resources, human and capital, toward the focused objectives of the firm. This is as true for operations as it is for any function within the firm. Consider the following hierarchy of activities:
a. Mechanically design a single work station;
b. Schedule production on a single work station;
c. Coordinate several work stations making several products;
d. Coordinate installed and acquired manufacturing capabilities with other
functions in the firm in pursuit of strategic objectives.
These tasks gain degrees of freedom, and increase in managerial complexity, as we move from (a) to (d). The current disciplines that (predominantly) attend to these tasks are:
Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, or other brands of Engineering;
b. Industrial Engineering;
c. Industrial Engineering and Business, and
B. Program overview
All doctoral students will
spend the first two years in intensive coursework, punctuated by field
examinations. A sample schedule appears in Figure 1. After passing his or her
field examinations, the student enters a period of independent thesis work with
an advisor and thesis committee. It is expected that a student will finish in
III. Faculty and research interests
Hyun-Soo Ahn, Assistant Professor of Operations Management.
Ravi Murthy Anupindi, Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow & Associate Professor of Operations and Management Science: Supply chain management, supply contracts and inventory management, just-in-time systems and operations-marketing interfaces.
Damian Ronald Beil, Assistant Professor of Operations Management.
Paul Damien, Associate Professor of Operations and Management Science: Bayesian Theory and Applications.
Izak Duenyas, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research; John Psarouthakis Professor of Manufacturing Management; Professor of Operations and Management Science: Scheduling and coordination of manufacturing systems, capacity planning and allocation, pricing and due date setting, and investments in new technologies.
R. Eugene Goodson, Adjunct Professor of Operations and Management Science: General management of operations including investments, analysis and control, and acquisitions.
Sudheer Gupta, Assistant Professor of Operations and Management Science: Economic models of distribution channel structure and inter-organizational cooperation; strategic alliances and research joint ventures; impact of flexible technologies and product variety on inter-firm relations and market structure.
Robert W. Haessler, Associate Professor of Operations Management: Manufacturing control systems, scheduling systems, heuristic procedures to solve cutting stock scheduling and packing problems.
Julie Simmons Ivy, Assistant Professor of Operations and Management Science: Decisions under conditions of uncertainty. Statistical and decision analysis as applied to manufacturing, business, and service environments (optimal maintenance and diagnostic in manufacturing and medicine).
Roman Kapuscinski, Assistant Professor of Operations and Management Science: Value chain analysis, efficiency as a function of ownership, value of information in coordinating elements of supply chain, optimal design of production-inventory systems with capacity constraints, and lead-time quotation.
Colin Kessinger, Assistant Professor of Operations Management: Supply chain contracting and coordination, inventory control in production/distribution systems, flexibility in manufacturing.
Peter J. Lenk, Associate Professor of Operations and Management Science: Bayesian inferential and forecasting models, applications of these modes to marketing, finance, and information science, nonparametric Bayesian models.
William Lovejoy, Raymond T. Perring Family Professor of Business Administration & Professor of Operations and Management Science: New product development, managing complexity, capacity planning, inventory control, decision making with partial information, and cross-functional issues in manufacturing.
Karl D Majeske, Lecturer of Operations and Management Science.
James S. Reece, Professor of Accounting and Operations and Management Science; Goff Smith Co-Director of the Joel D. Tauber Manufacturing Institute and Co-Director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program: Manufacturing cost accounting and performance measurement, performance measures in multidivisional companies, management of professional service firms, activity-based accounting.
W. Allen Spivey, C. E. Griffin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business Administration & Professor Emeritus of Statistics.
Kathryn E. Stecke, Associate Professor of Operations Management: Various aspects of flexible manufacturing system (FMSs) including strategic considerations, effective design, and efficient operation.
J. Eric Svaan, Lecturer of Operations and Management Science: Quality learning in advanced manufacturing, Service operations analysis, Manufacturing product/process portfolio management.
Paul E. Sweeney, Lecturer in Operations Management: Logistics, inventory and scheduling techniques, applications of simulation to manufacturing decision making processes, cutting-stock problems, manufacturing strategy.
F. Brian Talbot, Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Operations and Management Science: Manufacturing strategy, focused operations, resource-constrained allocation problems such as project scheduling, job-shop scheduling, assembly-line design, vehicle loading, manufacturing strategy.
Curtis Vail, Adjunct Professor of Operations Management: Quality, Managing technology and R&D.
William J. Wrobleski,
Professor Emeritus of Statistics.
The Operations Management faculty are active researchers who contribute to the state of the art through publishing in leading research journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing and Services Operations Management, the International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, and the International Journal of Production Research, for example. All maintain relevance in their research and teaching through such activities as professional consulting and field visits to production facilities.
Many faculty in other groups, including Industrial and Operations Engineering, Statistics and Management Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, and Computer and Information Systems, teach courses related to Operations Management, serve on dissertation committees, and perform research in the Operations Management area.
Required courses are shown
in boldface. Several combinations of the remaining courses are possible, see
the text for details. If the student has not entered with an MBA, or has not
tested out of the general background requirements, some of the elective courses
above will have to be replaced with marketing, accounting, finance and/or
organizational behavior electives. The student may also, with faculty approval,
cut back on coursework the semester before his or her exams, in order to leave
time to prepare.
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