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Management Science

Overview

The doctoral program in Management Science is designed for people who plan to pursue an academic or research-based career in Management Science or Operations Research. The objective of the PhD program is to train our students to become research-teaching based Management Science scholars. To that extent the primary focus of the program is to prepare the student to conduct rigorous and relevant research.

Management Science is concerned with the development and application of mathematical models and scientific methods to all fields of management and business decision making. The emphasis of the Management Science PhD program is on the development and application of such models to problems faced by managers or policy makers. Students develop an understanding of the basic theoretical models and their application in the modern competitive corporation, and an awareness of those corporations and industries where competence in Management Science is essential for corporate survival and growth.

In order to prepare the student for a research-based career, the first year of the program is predominantly centred on course requirements covering the fundamentals of Management Science, including decision theory, optimization, game theory, statistics, probability, stochastic processes, and simulation. Traditionally students gain exposure to these subjects by taking graduate level courses from the Management Science area group as well as from the Economics Department, the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, Department of Applied Mathematics, and the Engineering Departments. In addition, the student needs to fulfill the Ivey PhD Program required courses and complete a first year research practicum. The special field seminar courses in Management Science explore the theoretical foundations of the subject, its current practice, and the leading edge of research.

Areas of Research Focus

  • Development and application of mathematical models and scientific methods to all fields of management and business decision making
  • Theoretical models and their application in the modern competitive corporation, and an awareness of those corporations and industries where competence in Management Science is essential for corporate survival and growth.

Post-graduate Opportunities

The doctoral program in Management Science is designed for those interested in pursuing academic careers in management science at top business schools. Typical courses in the first two years are listed below.

Program Requirements

Students have program requirements, put into place by the PhD office, and discipline requirements, which are governed by the student’s respective area group. On a case by case basis, some students may be able to waive out of particular required courses or substitute others. Such a course of action must be approved by the PhD director

All PhD students must complete the following requirements.

Discipline Requirements

All to be completed before the comprehensive exam:

  • Bus 9802 Fundamentals of Management Science Research
  • Bus 9812 Management Science Special Field I
  • Bus 9872 Management Science Special Field II
  • Bus 9882  Management Science Special Field III
  • BUS 9039 Analytics Best Practices (MSc)
  • BUS 9043 Big Data Analytics (MSc)
  • BUS 9044 Simulation and Risk Analysis (MSc)
  • BUS 9057 Prescriptive Analytics (MSc)
  • Econ 9601 Microeconomics I
  • Econ 9602 Microeconomics II
  • Econ 9607 Economic Mathematics I (recommended)

*If further development is identified in any area, students may be required to take additional courses as requested by the student’s supervisor or the PhD coordinator. PhD students do not formally name their supervisor until they have passed their comprehensive exams. A doctoral student becomes a doctoral candidate only upon passing comps.

Milestones

Discipline Coordinator

Hubert Pun

Dr. Hubert Pun is an Associate Professor and the Ph.D. Program Coordinator of the Management Science area group at the Ivey Business School (Western University). Hubert grew up in Hong Kong. After earning his undergraduate and master degree in engineering and working in Vancouver for a few years, he became part of an expansion team of a Venezuelan start-up company that grew the business to Central/North America (e.g., Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and USA) during 2002-2005. His work at that time was helping firms to deploy secure computer network. He graduated from the Kelley School of Business (Indiana University) in 2010, where he completed his PhD in Operations Management and Decision Sciences. He joined the Ivey Business School in 2010 and has taught in the undergraduate, MSc, MBA and Ph.D. programs. In the last couple of years, he was awarded with Ivey Dean’s Teaching Commendation Letters (top 10% Ivey faculty) and the University Students’ Council Teaching Honor Roll. His research interests include co-opetition, counterfeiting product, and how blockchain can be an enterprise solution. He has published in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM), Production and Operations Management (POM), Journal of Operations Management (JOM), etc. Currently, he is serving as an Associate Editor at the International Journal of Production Research (IJPR).

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