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PhD in Operations and Information Systems

Students in Operations and Information Systems (OIS) train to become scholars in Operations Management (OM) and Management Information Systems (MIS). All students receive training in the fundamentals of OM and MIS and in-depth training in at least one of these two disciplines. OM and MIS intersect in various ways. The fields share a focus on understanding and improving business processes. OM and MIS researchers often reside in the same university departments and belong to the same professional societies. The goal of the PhD in OIS is to train the student to perform and publish first-class research in preparation for a career at a research-intensive university.

Maryam Zakeri Hosseinabadi

"From the time I was in the master's program, my plan was to pursue my studies in a high-quality PhD program; therefore, I applied to the Alberta School of Business."

OM is concerned with organizing the production of goods and services by private firms and public sector entities. OM research addresses questions about how best to design, plan and execute the tasks needed to produce a product or service. OM research has traditionally emphasized mathematical modeling — in particular optimization, stochastic, and simulation models — but OM research also employs experiments, surveys and analysis of secondary data.

MIS is concerned with the collection, storage and use of information within organizations. MIS research addresses questions about how technology and information shape and facilitate the work that is done in organizations. MIS research uses methodologies from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to: the social sciences, mathematics and computer science.

OM and MIS are closely related to the emerging areas of business analytics and big data.

The following Business Analytics (ABA) faculty members support the OIS specialization:

  • Ivor Cribben (Time series analysis/econometrics, high-dimensional data, data analytics, networks, computational statistics, neuroeconomics)
  • Reidar Hagtvedt (Health care operations)
  • Armann Ingolfsson (Health care and service operations, queueing theory, behavioral queueing, computational probability)
  • Yonghua Ji (Economics of information systems, dynamic optimization of software development, information systems performance analysis and optimization)
  • Bora Kolfal (Flexibility in service operations and supply chains, queueing systems, supply chain management, healthcare applications of OR, impact of risk on IT)
  • Ilbin Lee (Sequential decision-making, data analytics, health applications, and wildfire operations)
  • Mohua Podder (Dynamic variable selections, supervised classification models)
  • Saied Samiedaluie (Health care operations, approximate dynamic programming)
  • Mohamad Soltani (Healthcare operations, service operations, empirical studies in operations management)

Graduates of the OIS specialization (and its predecessor, Management Science) have published articles in top OM and MIS journals and have pursued academic careers at prestigious universities throughout the world.