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Operations Management

The Doctoral Program in Operations Management (OM) at the Ivey Business School is designed to prepare students for an engaging and enriching career in conducting meaningful scholarly-based research and teaching in leading schools of business administration.

The Doctoral Program in OM at the Ivey Business School has a strong track-record of exceptional first job placements in Top business schools around the world, including Georgia Tech, IE Business School, HEC Montreal and many others.

The faculty members comprising this group include Rob Klassen, Fraser Johnson, Deishin Lee, Larry Menor, Stephan Vachon, Gal Raz, Jury Gualandris and Dave Barrett. Their work is published in the top journals in the Operations and Technology Management disciplines, including Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Management Science, Production and Operations Management, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Operations Research and Academy of Management Journal.

The OM group has strong, important research collaborations with top universities and researchers around the world, including MIT, Arizona State University (CASN-RA), University College Dublin, Indiana University and Erasmus RSM School of Business, among others.

OM deals with the planning, control and improvement/innovation of the operational system that transforms inputs into outputs and enables value realization for and from customers. OM also deals with the emergence and capable functioning of supply chains as complex adaptive systems that span industries and countries. As such, students will be exposed to, and critically examine, both foundational and recent scholarly developments spanning a wide array of tactical and strategic issues underlying how work gets done in the firm and across firms in order to develop their own theoretical and practical insights on relevant OM topics. While improved decision making and action based upon rigorous empirical science is the primary focus and interest of the OP discipline group's faculty, students will also be introduced to relevant analytical/axiomatic modeling approaches and interdisciplinary theorization that may be informative to the scrutiny of the OM topics.

Students take the full spectrum of Doctoral Program and OM special field offerings; on occasion, students may be encouraged to register and complete courses offered by other Ivey discipline groups and UWO faculties that may be salient to their specific program of study and individual scholarly development. For example, those courses related to advanced statistical and econometrical techniques, network analysis and any relevant other. Other aspects of the program are tailored to fit the student’s own research, teaching and professional interests and requirements.

Areas of Research Focus

  • Sustainable supply chain management
  • Operations strategy
  • Managing production and service systems and technologies
  • Systematic operational improvement and innovation approaches


PhD Student Opportunities

The doctoral program in Operations Management is recruiting students with the following research interests:

Sustainable Supply Chain Management:

  • Stakeholder empathy and collaboration as contributing factors for more sustainable supply chains (Professor Rob Klassen)
  • Sustainability and Reputational Risks in Supply Chains (Professor Stephan Vachon)
  • The Circular Economy and its Embedded Systems (circular products, business models and supply chains) (Professor Jury Gualandris)
  • Tackling Food Waste Through Sustainable Operations (Professor Deishin Lee)
  • Remanufacturing and Recycling Strategies in Competitive Settings (Professor Gal Raz)

Operational systems design and functioning:

  • Big Data-enabled processing, coordinative and learning capabilities (Professor Larry Menor)
  • Lean Supply Management (Professor Fraser Johnson)
  • Healthcare Operations (Professor Dave Barrett)


PhD Graduates

The doctoral program in Operations Management is designed for those interested in pursuing academic careers in operations management at top business schools. 

Dr. Asad Shafiq (2015 PhD)

Assistant Professor, California State University

PhD Dissertation:

Supplier social engagement, reciprocity of social practices and performance in supply chains

Over the last two decades, social and environmental issues in supply chains have attracted increased scrutiny and debate. Moreover, managers are realizing that irresponsible behavior by their supply chain partners is negatively projected to their firm, with the potential for causing adverse publicity, reputational damage, and costly legal obligations. In my dissertation, I focus on supplier engagement efforts of firms aimed at encouraging suppliers to behave in a socially responsible manner... Read more about this thesis

Faculty Advisor(s):


Dr. Sara Hajmohammad (2015 PhD)

Assistant Professor, Telfer School of Management

PhD Dissertation:

Three Essays on Sustainable Operations Management

This dissertation consists of three essays on sustainable operations management. The unifying theme in this work is the focus on sustainability-related risks originating from an organization’s internal operations or its supply chain, operational-level initiatives for managing such risks, and the determinants and subsequent outcomes of those initiatives. The first essay focuses on safety and environmental risks and looks into the role of a safety-oriented culture in effectively managing them.... Read more about this thesis

Faculty Advisor(s):

Discipline Coordinator

Jury Gualandris

Jury is an Associate Professor in the Operations Management and Sustainability groups at Ivey. Jury uses operational and organizational lenses and empirical methods to study the development of supply chains that strive to operate within the thresholds of socio-ecological systems. This research has been featured by ‘The Conversation’ and the ‘Network for Business Sustainability’ and has appeared in top OM journals like the Journal of Operations Management, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and the International Journal of Operations and Productions Management, among others.

Jury’s research has examined the organizational antecedents and performance outcomes of diverse sustainable sourcing practices like supplier auditing and supplier development. This research also investigates how the adoption and effective deployment of these practices is contingent to the structural and relational characteristics of a supply chain i.e., the pattern and depth of inter-organizational relationships between supply chain members. Currently, this research program is expanding into the study of novel sourcing and processing practices in a circular economy i.e., when firms source and use another firm’s waste to generate environmental and economic value.

In a related line of research, Jury has investigated the operational capabilities and processes of non-governmental organizations like Oxfam, which design and coordinate complex interventions to prompt positive transformational change in societies, industries and supply chains.

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