The Operations Management (OM) group aims to be nationally leading through the pursuit of world-class research in areas of real concern to business managers, led by academics of high international standing. The focus of the group is to introduce a complex and social systems perspective into what is often seen as a process-led subject. The research within the group has three overlapping areas. The first, led by Fernandes, focuses on modelling complex business domains and social systems. The second area, led by Cowling and Tse, addresses the issues around complex real-world planning and scheduling. The third area is led by Cabras who is keen on understanding innovation within the context of regional growth and development.
The group also includes five doctoral students and one visiting scholar:
“I chose York both because of its reputation as a world class university, as well as the friendliness and the professionalism of the staff in the department. Having studied at York for my undergraduate degree and gotten to know the place and the people, it was an easy choice to make when I was advised to apply for a PhD here.
My choice of topic came about from discussions with senior officers in the North Yorkshire Police. When I told them I was planning on studying for a PhD we discussed what potential topics would best serve the interests of both parties. I then made the final decision once I had done some brief research into the different areas and worked out what was going to be feasible and enjoyable. The application process was relatively straightforward”.
Specialisms include critical approaches to performance improvement, supply chain management and logistics, service operations management and stochastic models for inventory and production, e-commerce, total quality management, core competence evaluation and knowledge management.
Other areas of interest include the management and dissolution of supply contracts, use of information systems including collaborative product commerce, IT strategy and decision support systems, discrete and continuous simulation, and evolutionary methods in organisational change management and interactive situation modelling in knowledge intensive domains.
The group is also researching in entrepreneurship, innovation management and SME clusters.