Operations Management concerns the processes used to produce goods and services. It includes the problems faced in managing a single firm, but also those entailed in coordinating the activities of several organizations. Examples of research topics in Operations Management include operations strategy, supply chain design and control, inventory management, production scheduling, service operations, industrial contracting, dynamic pricing, behavioral operations, and supply chain sustainability issues. 

The main purpose of the doctoral program in Operations Management is to train individuals in the pursuit of original research in the field. Although the program is primarily designed to prepare for academic careers, some of our graduates choose consulting or other industry positions. Our goals are to provide the necessary skills and tools for conducting scholarly research and to instill and cultivate the desire and ability to think conceptually, carefully and creatively about operations issues.

A major portion of the program is the preparation of a doctoral dissertation, which is written under the close supervision of a faculty member. Preparatory course work is used to develop the necessary methodological tools as well as to provide an understanding of problems and issues in the application area. Most candidates can expect to complete the program in 4-5 years.


    Fernando Bernstein
    Professor of Operations Management

    Fernando Bernstein

    • Area specific requirements:
      • Coursework
      • Qualifying Exam
      • Teaching Assistantships
    • Preliminary Exam
    • Dissertation Proposal
    • Dissertation Defense

    Operations Management: Curriculum

    Our Operations Management faculty team are exploring the most current and relevant research topics in the field.  Some of the more recent topics they are researching include:

    • Additive manufacturing/3D printing
    • Applied probability
    • Assortment optimization
    • Customer behavior in operations management
    • Demand learning
    • Dynamic pricing and revenue management
    • Entrepreneurial operations
    • Interface of operations and finance
    • Inventory management
    • Large network supply chains
    • Renewable energy systems
    • Retail operations
    • Sequential estimation
    • Socially responsible operations and supply chains
    • Supply chain disruption risk
    • Yue Zhang (2017) - Penn State University
    • Arian Aflaki (2017) - University of Pittsburgh
    • Safak Yucel (2016) - Georgetown University
    • Yan Shang (2016) - Facebook
    • Lu Huang (2015) - Google
    • Wei Luo (2013) - IESE Business School
    • Yang Li (2013) - California State University, Sacramento
    • Jordan Tong (2012) - University of Wisconsin-Madison