Operations Management and Information Systems

  • The Operations Management and Information Systems (OMIS) area of the Schulich School of Business offers PhD students the opportunity to work closely with highly productive faculty in a unique setting.

    Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the OMIS area, PhD students are provided with a grounding in both the Operations Management and Management Information Systems disciplines. Students then specialize in one of the two disciplines for purposes of completing a dissertation. The goal of the OMIS area is to provide our PhD graduates with the skills they need to become successful and productive research-oriented faculty members at the world’s leading business schools.

Career Opportunities

  • Placement of Recent Graduates

    Muhammad Usman Ahmed Clarkson University
    Hamdi Driss Saint Mary’s University
    Altay Aksulu Government of Ontario
    Ahmed Doha Carleton University

Student Research

Selected Publications

2014 Muhammad Usman Ahmed, Wiengarten, F., Pagell, M., Gimenez, C., “Do a Country’s Logistical Capabilities Moderate the External Integration Performance Relationship?”, Journal of Operations Management

2014 Muhammad Usman Ahmed., Kristal, M. M., Pagell, M.,“Impact of operational and marketing capabilities on firm performance: Evidence from economic growth and downturns”, International Journal of Production Economics

2014 Pagell, M., & Anton Shevchenko Why research in sustainable supply chain management should have no future. Journal of Supply Chain Management

Presentations

2014 Hamed Tajedin, and Dorit Nevo. “Value-Adding Intermediaries in Software Crowdsourcing.” System Sciences (HICSS), 47th Hawaii International Conference

2013 Hamed Tajedin, and Dorit Nevo. “Determinants of success in crowdsourcing software development.” Proceedings of the 2013 annual conference on Computers and people research

Recent Dissertation Topics

2014 Muhammad Usman Ahmed – Integrative Practices in Supply Chains: Building Relationships for Competitiveness in Dynamics Environments

Current Students

Sharvani Sharma Hamed Tajedin
Anton Shevchenko  Elena Nesterova
Evghenii Furman Hongwei Chen

Study Options

Student admission is restricted to full-time study exclusively for the first four years. It is not recommended to be working outside of the PhD program during your studies. Students must be able to participate in the PhD program in Toronto.

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  • Specialization Requirements

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    When students enter the program, the PhD program coordinator reviews each student’s academic background and designs with them a course of study. During the first year, students typically complete a set of general doctoral courses in common with doctoral students in other fields. During the second year, they take more specialized courses in their chosen major area of interest. Schulich also requires students to develop a minor area of interest in keeping with the cross disciplinary spirit of the program.

    Coursework

    When students enter the program, the PhD program coordinator reviews each student’s academic background and designs with them a course of study. During the first year, students typically complete a set of general doctoral courses in common with doctoral students in other fields. During the second year, they take more specialized courses in their chosen major area of interest. Schulich also requires students to develop a minor area of interest in keeping with the cross-disciplinary spirit of the program.

    Required General Courses

    • LOGICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
    • RESEARCH DESIGN
    • QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

    In rare cases, students may take courses in other faculties as substitutes. All exemptions from optional courses and substitutes must be approved by the area PhD program coordinator and the Schulich PhD committee.

    Required Courses for Major

    Students must complete three of the following core courses in Operations Management and Management Information Systems.

    OMIS 7000 3.00 BEHAVIOURAL ISSUES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS

    • STRATEGIC OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
    • MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION
    • EMPIRICAL METHODS IN OMIS

     

    In addition, students are encouraged to complete at least two of the following MBA electives. Students will be involved in the normal course activities but will be assigned additional tasks and projects reflective of a doctoral level mastery of the content.

    • MODELS & APPLICATIONS IN OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
    • ADVANCED SPREADSHEET MODELLING & PROGRAMMING FOR BUSINESS
    • GLOBAL OPERATIONS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
    • SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
    • MANAGING NEW TECHNOLOGY
    • MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
    • SYSTEMS ANALYSIS & DESIGN
    • MANAGEMENT ISSUES IN PLANNING, IMPLEMENTATION AND OPERATING IT SYSTEMS
    • E-BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
    • PROJECTS IN OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
    • SERVICE OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

     

    Each student is required as a condition of their doctoral funding to work with faculty members on research, preferably their advisor(s), in the summer following the first year of coursework.

    Required Courses for Minors

    Minors are recommended for Operations Management majors in the fields of Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, Marketing and Accounting . It is also possible to take minors in Mathematics & Statistics, Economics, Environmental Studies and Computer Science. For the Schulich-based minors, at least two course are required from the chosen field.

Faculty

  • OMIS faculty regularly publish their research within the best journals in their respective fields (such as the Journal of Operations Management, Management Science, and MIS Quarterly) as well as leading journals in other disciplines (i.e. Strategic Management Journal and Environmental Informatics Archives). Research interests within the faculty range from mainstream topics such as supply chain strategy and knowledge management systems to emerging topics such as environmentally sustainable business practices. While the area has a core capability in empirical research methods, OMIS faculty have successfully applied a range of empirical and analytical methods depending on the requirements of specific research programs.

    The following faculty are accredited by the Schulich School of Business and the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the supervision of doctoral students: