PhD in Management Science, Operations Management Concentration

Operations Management emphasizes the development of models, methods, applications and algorithms as they apply to problems in industrial manufacturing, complex supply chains and services. Students are exposed to deterministic and stochastic modeling and may apply and develop these and new methods to solve problems in their selected topics. Students may combine a major in finance, information systems or marketing with one in operations management/supply chain management.

The goal of the doctoral program in operations management is to educate future practitioners and researchers in the concepts and analytical techniques needed to understand and advance scientific solutions to the problems currently faced by operations managers.

The Operations Management faculty are highly visible, active researchers currently ranked # 4 in research based on publications in four operations management journals.

Faculty research pursuits range from quantitative modeling to empirical studies, mathematical programming, applied stochastic processes, statistics, econometrics, and economics.

Possessing latitude and depth in technical strength, their research renders a big impact both on academia and industry.

The UTD Top 100 Worldwide Rankings of Business Schools Based on Research Contribution in Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management 2008-2013:

Rank
University
Articles
Score
Country
1
Columbia University (Graduate School of Business)
91
45.91
USA
2
Duke University (The Fuqua School of Business)
82
45.26
USA
3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan School of Management)
88
44.77
USA
4
University of Texas at Dallas (Naveen Jindal School of Management)
70
39.85
USA
5
University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School)
81
38.97
USA
6
Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management)
71
36.60
USA
7
Stanford University (Graduate School of Business)
68
36.54
USA
8
New York University (Leonard N. Stern School of Business)
73
35.27
USA
9
INSEAD
73
34.32
FRANCE
10
Harvard University (Harvard Business School)
58
33.19
USA

With a strong emphasis on rigorous coursework and student research, the Operations Management program immerses students in a challenging and dynamic learning environment.

Our faculty are committed to student success and innovation, and extensively collaborate with students on research papers. Students are also given the flexibility to determine their research interests and are provided access to both academic and industry resources and connections.

The goal of the Operations Management program is to educate future practitioners and researchers in the concepts and analytical techniques needed to understand and advance scientific solutions to the problems currently faced by operations managers. Students graduate from the Operations Management program with the knowledge and skill set to produce quality research, effectively teach, and lead in industry.


Year
Name
Placement
2014
Liying Mu University of Delaware
2012
Tao Li Santa Clara University
2011
Anshuman Chutani SUNY Binghampton
2011
Tharanga Rajapakshe University of Florida
2010
Casey Chung Blockbuster, Inc.
2010
Mili Mehrotra University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
2010
Jun Ru SUNY Buffalo
2009
Ruixia Shi University of Richmond
2009
Gokcen Arkali Prairie View A&M University
2009
Sanjay Kumar Pennsylvania State University, Erie
2007
Nagihan Comez Bilkent University
2007
Manoj Vanajakumari Prairie View A&M University
2007
Xuying Zhao University of Notre Dame
2006
Qi Feng University of Texas (Austin)
2006
Jing Zhou University of North Carolina, Charlotte
2006
Lama Moussawi American University of Beirut
2005
Xianghua Gan The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2005
Hong Yin Western Carolina University
2005
Sirong Luo Data Analyst at CapitalOne Financial
2005
Sanjeewa Naranpanawe SAS Institute
2003
Harry Neil Geismar University of Texas at Dallas
2002
Xiaohang Yue University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
2001
Subodha Kumar University of Washington at Seattle

With degree backgrounds ranging from Purdue, Tsinghua University, Penn State, and the Indian Institute of Technology, our Operations Management students are diligent, explorative, resourceful, and progressive.

Our intensive program attracts quality students that both challenge and support one another. They share a unified collegiality in our diverse and interdisciplinary Operations Management program.

Below are examples of student publications in 24 leading business journals from 2007-2012.


Feng, Q. and Shi, R. “Sourcing from Multiple Suppliers for Price-Dependent Demands” Production and Operations Management, 2013.

Comez, N., Stecke, K. E. and Çakanyıldırım, M. “In-Season Transshipments Among Competitive Retailers” Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2012, 14, 2, pp. 290-300.

Comez, N., Stecke, K. E. and Çakanyıldırım, M. “Multiple In-Cycle Transshipments with Positive Delivery Times” Production and Operations Management, 2012, 21, pp. 378–395.

Feng, Q. and Lu, L. “The Strategic Perils of Low Cost Outsourcing” Management Science, 2012, 58, 6, pp. 1196-1210.

Liu, D., Kumar, S. and Mookerjee, V.S. “Advertising Strategies in Electronic Retailing: A Differential Games Approach” Information Systems Research, 2012, 23, 3, pp. 903-917.

Bensoussan, A., Feng, Q. and Sethi, S.P. “Achieving a Long-Term Service Target with Periodic Demand Signals: A Newsvendor Framework” Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2011, 13, 1, pp. 73-88.

Geismar, H. N. , Dawande, M. and Sriskandarajah, C. “Pool-Point Distribution of Zero-Inventory Products” Production and Operations Management, 2011, 20, pp. 737–753.

Ji, Y., Kumar, S. , Mookerjee, V. S., Sethi, S. P. and Yeh, D. “Optimal Enhancement and Lifetime of Software Systems: A Control Theoretic Analysis” Production and Operations Management, 2011, 20, pp. 889–904.

Rajapakshe, T. , Dawande, M., and Sriskandarajah, C. “Quantifying the Impact of Layout on Productivity: An Analysis from Robotic-Cell Manufacturing” Operations Research, 2011, 59, 2, pp. 440-454.

Rajapakshe, T. , Dawande, M., Gavirneni, S., and Sriskandarajah, C. “Designing Dedicated Transportation Subnetworks: Deadheading vs. Lane-Sharing” Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, December 2011.

Zhu, Y. , Dawande, M. and Sriskandarajah, C. “Value of Local Cash Reuse: Inventory Models for Medium-Size Depository Institutions under the New Federal Policy” Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 2011, 13, 4, pp. 508-524.

Dawande, M., Mehrotra, M. , Mookerjee, V. and Sriskandarajah, C. “An Analysis of Coordination Mechanisms for the U.S. Cash Supply Chain” Management Science, 2010, 56, 3, pp. 553-570.

Dey, D. and Kumar, S. “Reassessing Data Quality for Information Products” Management Science, 2010, 56, 12, pp. 2316-2322.

Khouja, M. and Zhou, J. “The Effect of Delayed Incentives on Supply Chain Profits and Consumer Surplus” Production and Operations Management, 2010, 19, pp. 172–197.

Mehrotra, M. , Dawande, M. and Sriskandarajah, C. “A Depository Institution’s Optimal Currency Supply Network under the Fed’s New Guidelines: Operating Policies, Logistics, and Impact” Production and Operations Management, 2010, 19, 6, pp. 709-724.

Kulkarni, V. G., Kumar, S. , Mookerjee, V. S. and Sethi, S. P. “Optimal Allocation of Effort to Software Maintenance: A Queuing Theory Approach” Production and Operations Management, 2009, 18, pp. 506–515.

Arkali, G. , Dawande, M. and Sriskandarajah, C. “Scheduling Support Times for Satellites With Overlapping Visibilities” Production and Operations Management, 2008, 17, 2, pp. 224-234.

Dawande, Kumar, S. , Mookerjee, V.S., and Sriskandarajah, C. “Maximum Commonality Problems: Applications and Analysis” Management Science, 2008, 54, 1, pp. 194-207.

Haruvy, E., Sethi, S. P. and Zhou, J. “Open Source Development with a Commercial Complementary Product or Service” Production and Operations Management, 2008, 17, pp. 29–43.

Dawande, M., Geismar, H. N. , Sethi, S.P. and Sriskandarajah, C. Throughput Optimization in Robotic Cells, 2007, Springer Publishers.

Geismar, H.N. , Dawande, M., Rajamani, D., and Sriskandarajah, C. “Managing a Bank’s Currency Inventory Under New Federal Reserve Guidelines,” Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 2007, 9, 2, pp. 147-167.

Applicants should have at least a bachelor’s degree. Admission is based on grade point average, graduate examination test score (GRE or GMAT), letters of reference (at least three, with two from academic references), business and professional experience (if applicable), a written statement of personal objectives and compatibility with faculty research activities. Since the School of Management starts making first-round admission decisions on January 16th, it is best to complete the entire application process no later than January 15th. While applications will be accepted after that date, applying after January 15th may significantly lower your chance of acceptance. Applications for admission can be made using the UT Dallas Graduate Application website.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites include: calculus, matrix algebra, computer programming and statistics. Deficiencies may be remedied by taking appropriate courses.

Master’s–Level Courses

Students entering the program without an MBA or equivalent are required to complete a minimum of four courses in at least three areas typically required of MBA students to provide them with the knowledge required to be professional managers. In certain instances, a higher–level course may be substituted for an MBA–level course.

Research Methods Core (30 hours)

The Management Science PhD core curriculum consists of 10 courses.

Please visit the Management Science Degree Plan page for core and secondary core course requirements.

Minor

Nine hours in any approved field

Required courses in Operations Management

Students are required to take a sequence of specific Operations Management courses. Students should consult with faculty members in their respective areas to decide on the sequence of courses.

Seminars and Special Topics

Twelve hours of special topics and seminars in the operations management area.

Research Papers

Students are required to write original research papers in both their first and second summers. The second year paper is presented in a seminar attended by faculty and other students, and must be judged to be passing by the faculty before the student can advance to candidacy.

Dissertation

Once the student has passed qualifying exam and paper requirements, work on the dissertation can commence. The dissertation is written under the direction of the dissertation committee. Twelve to 24 semester hours may be granted for the dissertation toward the minimum 75-hour requirement for the degree. At a time mutually agreeable to the candidate and the dissertation committee, the candidate must orally defend the dissertation to the committee.