About

A Message from Dr. Kenneth Boyer, Department Chair

The mission of the department is to provide world class research, teaching and outreach in all areas of operations, purchasing and supply chain management.  The department offers core courses in operations management, data analysis and business analytics to all of Fisher’s undergraduate students, as well as electives in various aspects of the disciplines.  The MBA program in Supply Chain Management and Logistics is ranked 4th and the undergraduate program in Production and Operations Management is ranked 8th by U.S. News and World Report. The department developed and delivers the Masters of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE) graduate program, and makes substantial contributions to the Full Time, Working Professional and Executive MBA programs.  Students from both the undergraduate and graduate programs consistently land jobs at Fortune 500 companies, in positions including operational improvement, operations planning and supply chain consulting.

 The department has long been a leader in the area of empirically focused, managerially relevant operations and supply chain management research.  As a group, the department is currently ranked #1 in the world in publications in the Journal of Operations Management (JOM) and #6 in the broader set of 4 operations management journals (Management Science, JOM, POM and MSOM) included in the UT Dallas rankings.  The PhD program has more than 65 alumni, including faculty who now teach at several dozen schools and have held key leadership positions in the field, including President/Fellow of Decision Sciences Institute, Editor of Journal of Operations Management as well as Decision Sciences and Treasurer of INFORMS.

 The Center for Operational Excellence (COE), affiliated with the department, connects its nearly 40 corporate members with the global process improvement community through event programming, networking opportunities and best-practice benchmarking. COE also connects industry with Management Sciences’ research and Fisher’s operations-focused undergraduate and graduate students.

Operations Management Academic Program:

U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2011: Production & Operations Management major ranked 6th in the country.

U.S. News and World Report America's Best Graduate Schools 2011: Production & Operations Management major ranked 10th in the country.

Departmental Research Productivity:

"Institutional Research Productivity in Production and Operations Management" by Malhotra & Kher, 1996: Management Sciences ranked 3rd in the country for the period 1980-1994.

"Research Productivity at Business Schools in the Big 10, Big 8, and State of Missouri" by Nauss, Campbell, & Ronen, 1995: Management Sciences ranked 1st in the country for the period 1983-1994.

"A Ranking of POM Research Productivity in U.S. Business Schools" by Young, Baird, & Pullman, 1994: Operations Management tied for first place in the country for the period 1989-1993.

"A New Yardstick Ranks Business Schools Based on Professors' Research Productivity" by Katherine S. Mangan, in Academy of Management Journal, December 2000: Production/Operations Management ranked 6th in the country for the period 1986-1998.

Operations Management ranked 11th, Quantitative Methods (Decision Sciences) ranked 19th, U.S. News & World Report, April 2001.