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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 Dave Barrett, Jury Gualandris, Fraser Johnson, Rob Klassen, Deishin Lee, Larry Menor, Jason Nguyen, and Gal Raz. 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:

  • Developing ESG transparency and accountability in extended supply chains (Professor Jury Gualandris)
  • Carbon reduction, time horizon for management decision-making, and stakeholder collaboration as contributing factors for improved environmental and social performance (Professor Rob Klassen)
  • Tackling waste through sustainable and circular operations (Professors Deishin Lee and Jury Gualandris)
  • Tackling behavioral biases to improve individual and firms' sustainable practices (Professor Jason Nguyen)
  • Remanufacturing and recycling strategies in competitive settings (Professor Gal Raz)
  • Environmental regulation and its implications on supply chains’ environmental innovation decisions (Professor Gal Raz)

Operational Systems Design and Functioning:

  • Procurement and supply management (Professor Fraser Johnson)
  • Big Data-enabled processing, coordinative and learning capabilities (Professor Larry Menor)


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 serves as the Associate Director of the Building Sustainable Value (BSV) centre at Ivey, with leadership of the Network of Business Sustainability (NBS), a global network of over 35,000 business leaders and researchers that aim to mobilize more sustainable business strategies and practices worldwide.

In his research, Jury uses operational and organizational lenses and empirical methods to study how social and environmental sustainability can be integrated in supply chains, and the implications for competitiveness. Particularly, his studies focus on three interrelated sub-areas:
(a) How buyers deploy diverse sourcing practices that shape their own and suppliers’ sustainability;
(b) How the structure of supply chains can influence (and be influenced by) sustainability.
(c) How non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and firms work together to promote sustainability.

Currently, this research program is expanding into the study of novel cognitive frames, sourcing practices and supply chain structures in a circular economy.

Jury has acquired over $400k CAD in funding from both industry and research councils for his research and currently collaborates with industry leaders such as HP Canada, federal agencies such as Environment and Climate Change Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and with innovation platforms like COIL.

Jury’s research is published in top journals like the Journal of Operations Management and the Journal of Supply Chain Management. His research has been featured by The Conversation, B-Corp U.S. and Canada Lab and Eco-Vadis, among others. Jury has received awards and nominations from top academic associations and journals, including Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (2021), Excellent Service as a Reviewer Award by Journal of Operations Management (2021), Top 20 Most Read Papers by Journal of Supply Chain Management (2019), Two Best Paper Awards by the International Purchasing and Supply Management Association and Research Education (2016 and 2012), the 2015 Best Reviewer Award by the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, and the Production and Operations Management Runner-up for Best PhD Proposal Award (2012).

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