Supply Chains and Operations Management Track

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.

Strategic Management Track

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. 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.