Operations Management & 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 at the forefront of research in such diverse fields as supply chain management, health care management, social networks, health and safety, innovation and sustainability, entrepreneurial decision making, and data analytics.

    Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the field, PhD students are provided with grounding in three quantitative areas: statistical methods, microeconomics and game theory, and optimization techniques. These core disciplines establish a rigorous foundation for research in the empirical sciences as applied to the field of operations management and information systems. During their second year of study, students have the opportunity to further specialize according to their research interests by taking courses approved by the OMIS PhD Coordinator.

  • Professor Manus (Johnny) Rungtusanatham, Area Coordinator
    Professor Manus (Johnny) Rungtusanatham, Area Coordinator

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Study Options

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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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There are five main components to the successful completion of a PhD in OMIS:

  •  15 graduate-level courses (12 core, 3 electives, spread over two years).
  • A second year research project (which is one of the 12 core courses) culminating in a
    seminar presentation (OMIS 7985).
  • A comprehensive field exam consisting of two components:
    • A closed-book quantitative exam
    • An open-book research design essay
  • Each PhD student is expected to teach an undergraduate course in OMIS.
  • The completion of a dissertation that is likely to result in publications in high-level journals.

A typical program of study will take between four and five years. The course requirements are
completed during the first two years, the seminar presentation and comprehensive examination
take place in the summer of the second year, and the remainder of the program is focused on
research development and scholarly output (i.e., dissertation and submissions to journals).

Required Courses

Year 1 (Fall)


Year 1 (Winter)


Year 1 (Summer)


Year 2 (Fall)


Plus one Elective Course

Students without a Business background will be required to take a masters-level management course as part of their electives.

Year 2 (Winter)


Plus two Elective Courses

Year 2 (Summer)

  1. Closed-book quantitative comprehensive exam (4 hours).
  2. Open-book, take-home research design exercise (1 week).


Courses Notes:

1. SB/OMIS 7300 is cross-listed with MBAN 6400 and is offered every year.
2. In case SC/MATH 6904 is not offered by the Math Department, the students will take an equivalent PhD level courses offered by the OMIS Faculty.
3. Students without a Business background will be required to take a masters-level management course as part of their Year 2 Electives.
4. Students may take an equivalent PhD level course in advanced statistics and data analysis in place of GS/PSYC 6160. Possible alternatives include GS/MATH 6630: Applied Statistics I, and GS/MATH 6631: Applied Statistics II.
5. SB/OMIS 7100 and SB/OMIS 7200 will be taught every other year with the cohort of first and second year PhD students.


Research Proposal

Prior to the end of their second semester, students must submit to the OMIS area PhD coordinator a one-page research proposal that reflects their general area of interest. On the basis of this proposal, students will be assigned to an OMIS area faculty member who will supervise and guide the direction of a research project with the goal of producing academic manuscripts. Students are expected to work on research related activities starting in the summer of their first year and throughout their second year. During the summer of their second year (prior to taking comprehensive exam), students must demonstrate research ability by leading a 60-minute research seminar detailing their original contributions. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite to the comprehensive examination.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive field examination also takes place in the summer of the second year. There are two components: a closed-book quantitative exam (approximately four hours in length) and an open-book take home exam (one week). The closed-book exam will test students on skills learned in their core courses. The open-book take home exam will be in essay format and will test students on their ability to design a program of research. Students must demonstrate clear and coherent writing ability, methodological mastery and a deep comprehension of the literature relevant to the topic. Their academic writing style should mimic what is expected by top journals in the field (e.g., Management Science, Journal of Operations Management).



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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:

Selected faculty members

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Career Opportunities

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  • 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

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  • 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


    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 PhD students in the OMIS Area:

    as of August 2018

    • Sonia Bagherirad
    • Ting Cao
    • Shaghayegh Foghani
    • Evghenii Furman
    • Elena Nesterova
    • Ortac Onder