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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 along the development of sustainable supply chains (Rob Klassen)
  • Sustainability and Reputational Risks in Supply Chains (Stephan Vachon)
  • The Circular Economy and its Embedded Systems (circular products, business models and supply chains) (Jury Gualandris)
  • Tackling Food Waste Through Sustainable Operations (Deishin Lee)
  • Remanufacturing and Recycling Strategies in Competitive Settings (Gal Raz)

Operational systems design and functioning:

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

Faculty Advisor(s):


Dr. Sara Hajmohammad (2015 PhD)

Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba

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

Faculty Advisor(s):

Discipline Coordinator

Jury Gualandris

Jury’s research reveals insights into the complex transformations that unfold over time along the development of more sustainable supply chains. Particularly, his work has explored how firm-level resources and supply chain-level structures affect the willingness and ability of firms at multiple tiers to diminish their negative impacts on society and the natural environment. This research shows that sustainability is better conceptualized as a journey; Firms start their journey by innovating their internal production practices, which requires to learn novel technical and administrative skills. Only then sourcing practices are advanced, which requires to develop novel relational skills to transfer knowledge and change up in the chain. Jury’s research also finds that that high knowledge heterogeneity and high inter-organizational integration at a supply chain-level helps firms to achieve comparatively higher environmental and social performance and transparency. Jury has published extensively on this topic across top journals such as Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management and International Journal of Operations and Production Management, among others.

Currently, Jury’s research explores the institutional, operational and economic challenges associated to the development and the capable functioning of circular supply chains. Circular SCs consist of multiple companies that go beyond recycling and reusing to collectively prioritize the reduction of products and materials in order to minimize the proportion of waste that goes to landfills. Circular SCs represent nascent, complex niches of companies that leverage economies of scope and have the potential to disrupt existing value chains.

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