The Operations program focuses on managerial decision making through quantitative, economic modeling of operations functions in firms. Research areas include logistics, distribution and supply-chain management, capacity and production planning and control of processing networks, revenue management, healthcare management, and contracting and economic-mechanism design. Research topics cover all levels of managerial decision-making, from systems design and technology choices to day-to-day scheduling and performance measurement.
Research problems are studied primarily through mathematical models that build upon modern economic paradigms. A strong infusion of economic theory is the distinguishing feature of the Operations Management Doctoral Program. Models are analyzed using tools from optimization, game theory, probability and statistics. Field studies and empirical analyses are also conducted to test those models and to guide further theoretical work. The structure of the program permits great flexibility, allowing students to customize curricula to their own research interests.