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Operations Management and Strategy
"Our PhD candidates have an opportunity to learn a diverse,
and eclectic range of research and teaching methods, from our
award-winning faculty members who excel in both research and
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Operations Management and Strategy Department
The PhD major in the Department of Operations Management and Strategy offers two tracks:
The objective of this PhD program, in both tracks, is to develop high-quality researchers, educators and consultants, enabling them to emerge as influential scholars in their chosen fields. Working closely with our faculty members, our doctoral candidates receive individual training in state-of-the-art research methods and teaching skills. All our doctoral scholars publish articles in leading journals of the field, and several of our doctoral candidates have won prestigious national awards for their dissertation research.
Our faculty members are leading researchers and award-winning teachers who are recognized internationally for their academic and industry expertise in global supply chain and operations management, and in strategy & entrepreneurship. Our faculty members are globally connected, conducting research programs in North America, Europe and Asia. They are committed scholars and, as a doctoral candidate, you will work with them in collaborative fashion. You will also have the opportunity to interact with renowned visiting scholars, gaining exposure to a wide range of research paradigms. You will be steered towards dissertation topics that are of high academic and social impact.
Some recently completed dissertations in the supply chain and operations track include:
- Toward supplier portfolio management theory: An empirical study of buyer-supplier relationships in the U.S. Automotive components industry. By Scott Ellis; Received the international 2008 Elwood S. Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI).
- Impact of strategic sourcing, E-procurement and integration on supply chain risk mitigation and performane; by Minkyun Kim.
- An empirical investigation of cost efficiencies in the US Health Care industry; by Jeong Hoon Choi.
- An econometric investigation of the bullwhip effect –The influence of demand and supply in the automobile industry; by Chung-Yean Chiang.
- An econometric analysis of finished goods inventory in the US Automotive industry: Bayesian and Classical approaches; by Chia-Hung Chuang.
- An empirical investigation of the antecedents and validity of five Strategy theory bases of logistics outsourcing decisions. By Lorena Mathien; Received the national Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Dissertation Award (this is the 3rd ISM award received by a PhD candidate in our department).
Some dissertations currently in progress:
- Optimizing demand forecasting, inventory and blood supply management for New York city blood bank; by Sima Fortsch; winner of the University Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award, 2012.
- An empirical investigation of the impact of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems on firm and supply chain performance; by Dennis Jamrose.
Recent award-winning papers by our doctoral candidates include:
- Managing brand equity in E-Banking: A simultaneous equation system approach, by PhD candidate Mr. Ta-Wei (Daniel) Kao, with Prof. Winston Lin & H.H. Chang; received the Best Interdisciplinary Paper Award, at Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Annual National Meeting, Baltimore, MA, November 19, 2013.
Thus, our department provides a unique opportunity for innovation and distinctiveness by bringing together the areas of strategic management, and supply chain and operations management. While a few business schools have linked operations management with other functional areas such as marketing, our department aims to pursue innovative research and education that address important relationships among business strategy, entrepreneurship, and the management of global supply chains.
For more information about specific research efforts of OMS faculty, visit our faculty profiles. Also you can view our current PhD candidates pages. If you wish to speak to a faculty member directly, you may do so by contacting Winston Lin, PhD or Nallan Suresh , PhD.
For degree requirements please consult the latest PhD handbook.
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