Covers supply chain management and manufacturing and service
operations management. In the past, manufacturing and service
industries were concerned with within-firm management topics and
improvement strategies, such as manufacturing resource planning
(MRP II), just-in-time (JIT) or lean manufacturing systems,
business process reengineering (BPR), and enterprise resource
planning (ERP) systems. However, in recent years, management of the
entire supply chain, based on interfirm communication and
coordination has come to be realized as the new frontier.
Challenges arising from increasing customer demands on price,
quality, lead time, variety, mass customization, avoiding
disruptions in increasingly volatile business contexts, and the
need to ensure sustainability in all segments of global supply
chains have all become increasingly important.
Our faculty members have a wide range of research interests aimed at theory building, empirical validation and influencing business practices. Specific topic areas include e-commerce applications in supply chains, capacity planning, demand forecasting, production and inventory management, quality management (TQM, Six Sigma adoption), project management, supply chain risk and disruption mitigation, supply chain agility, management of global supply networks, emergency response systems, health care supply chains, humanitarian logistics, econometric analysis of the business value of information technologies, logistics, global distribution networks and more. Our faculty members also are affiliated to UB’s new Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics (ISTL) in their research and educational efforts.
Encompasses research in the areas of business policy and
strategy, entrepreneurship and international business. This
corresponds to research aimed at theory building and empirical
validation of findings in strategic management, addressing
important research questions relating to competitive advantage and
performance of organizations in a global context. The areas of
investigation include competitive strategy and competitive
positioning, innovation, diversification strategies, vertical
integration, corporate governance, acquisitions and joint ventures,
technology strategy, strategic groups, inter-firm rivalry, firm
capabilities and resources, strategic decision-making processes,
strategy implementation mechanisms, new venture creation and
entrepreneurship, and venture capital.
Our faculty has strong ties to the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Yong Li, one of our faculty members, serves as the Academic Director for UB’s Entrepreneurship Academy. Our strategic management area is currently in the process of being developed and strengthened further. Current faculty members in this area form a young team of outstanding scholars.