Technology & Operations Management
The doctoral program in Technology and Operations Management prepares students to conduct important research on a broad range of issues in operations and innovation, including:
- operations management and strategy
- supply chain management
- managing innovation and new product development
- organizational learning and process improvement
- leveraging operational capabilities to create and sustain competitive advantage
Faculty in the Technology and Operations Management Unit are trained in various disciplinary areas including operations research, operations management, economics, engineering, and organizational behavior. Faculty and doctoral students' research addresses managerially-relevant problems, integrating discipline-based theory with rigorous research methods.
Examples of recent and current doctoral thesis topics include:
1) examining how employee non-compete agreements affect entrepreneurship and job mobility
2) improving retailers' sales forecasting using cost-of-sales, inventory levels, and gross margins
3) how familiarity among team members fosters organizational capabilities among teams
4) the implications of operations management for investors
5) how firms influence service quality, and how service quality affects performance
By combining education in disciplinary theories, training in a variety of research methods, and exposure to practicing managers through field research, the curriculum enables students to bring theory and careful research to bear to address research questions that illuminate important business problems.