Operations Management

When customers order a product online, they rarely think of the steps that package will have to take and the schedule that it has to remain on in order to arrive on their doorstep on time. From the food we eat, to the manufacturing processes of large companies, to the systems we rely on, the field of operations management has daily applications and uses across the globe.

Faculty in DeGroote’s operations management area use statistical analysis, computer simulation and mathematical modelling and optimization methods to analyze problems in operations, supply chains and other areas of business. The research conducted impacts the areas of supply chain management, purchasing, inventory management, consulting, production planning, scheduling, quality assurance and business process analysis.

This area gives students a rigorous, analytical understanding of business statistics, forecasting, inventory management, purchasing, manufacturing strategy, production planning and scheduling, supply chain design, distribution and management science. Students also use ERP system SAP in some of their course work.

Faculty

Prakash Abad

PRAKASH ABAD

Professor

Dr. Abad research interests include inventory management, statistical data analysis, and non-linear and stochastic optimization. He teaches courses in operations research/management science,...

Behrouz Bakhtiari

BEHROUZ BAKHTIARI

Assistant Professor

Behrouz Bakhtiari obtained his PhD degree in Management Science from the Operations Management Department, DeGroote School of Business. He is interested in Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain...

Elkafi Hassini

ELKAFI HASSINI

Professor

Professor Hassini specializes in data-driven optimization with applications in supply chain management. His current research interests include big data optimization, supply chain analytics, supply...

Kai Huang

KAI HUANG

Associate Professor

Professor Huang specializes in the optimization under uncertainty and data-driven optimization techniques with applications in business analytics and supply chain management. His recent research...

John Miltenburg

JOHN MILTENBURG

Professor Emeritus

Professor Miltenburg’s research interests are international production networks and strategy, lean production and facility layout, inventory management, quality management, and integer...

Mahmut Parlar

MAHMUT PARLAR

Professor

Dr. Mahmut Parlar is the Distinguished Business Research Professor for the DeGroote School of Business and is a Professor of Management Science, specializing in the applications of operations...

Manish Verma

MANISH VERMA

Associate Professor

Manish Verma is an Associate Professor of Operations Management in the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. He has an MBA and a PhD in Business Administration with Operations...

Yun Zhou

YUN ZHOU

Assistant Professor

Yun Zhou obtained his PhD from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is interested in revenue management, supply chain management, and healthcare operations management. Most...

Publications

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

September 2019

Optimal Pricing In Iterative Flexible Combinatorial Procurement Auctions

JOURNAL : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Bahareh Mansouri, Elkafi Hassini
April 2019

Product Recall Timing Optimization Using Dynamic Programming

JOURNAL : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS
CONTRIBUTORS: Liufang Yao, Mahmut Parlar
October 2019

Optimal Control And Cooperative Game Theory Based Analysis Of A By-product Synergy System

JOURNAL : JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION
CONTRIBUTORS: Mahmut Parlar, Moosa Sharafali, Mark Goh
July 2019

Is It Fake? Using Potentially Low Quality Suppliers As Back-up When Genuine Suppliers Are Unavailable

JOURNAL : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS
CONTRIBUTORS: Laura Wagner, Mustafa ?agri Gürbüz, Mahmut Parlar
January 2019

Equitable Last Mile Distribution In Emergency Response

JOURNAL : COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
CONTRIBUTORS: Kai Huang, Rezvan Rafiei
April 2019

Hyperglycemia-Driven Inhibition Of AMP-Activated Protein Kinase ?2 Induces Diabetic Cardiomyopathy By Promoting Mitochondria-Associated Endoplasmic Reticulum Membranes In Vivo

JOURNAL : CIRCULATION
CONTRIBUTORS: Shengnan Wu, Qiulun Lu, Ye Ding, Yin Wu, Yu Qiu, Pei Wang, Xiaoxiang Mao, Kai Huang, Zhonglin Xie, Ming-hui Zou
November 2019

A Robust Optimization Approach To Model Supply And Demand Uncertainties In Inventory Systems

JOURNAL : JOURNAL OF THE OPERATIONAL RESEARCH SOCIETY
CONTRIBUTORS: Jie Chu, Kai Huang, Aurélie Thiele
September 2019

Organizational Capabilities That Enable Big Data And Predictive Analytics Diffusion And Organizational Performance

JOURNAL : MANAGEMENT DECISION
CONTRIBUTORS: Deepa Mishra, Zongwei Luo, Benjamin Hazen, Elkafi Hassini, Cyril Foropon
June 2019

A Benders Decomposition Approach To Product Location In Carousel Storage Systems

JOURNAL : ANNALS OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Raymond G Vickson, Elkafi Hassini, Nader Azad
June 2019

Capacity, Pricing And Production Under Supply And Demand Uncertainties With An Application In Agriculture

JOURNAL : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Amirmohsen Golmohammadi, Elkafi Hassini
June 2019

Recovery Strategies From Major Supply Disruptions In Single And Multiple Sourcing Networks

JOURNAL : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Nader Azad, Elkafi Hassini
August 2018

Joint Control Of Emissions Permit Trading And Production Involving Fixed And Variable Transaction Costs

JOURNAL : PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
CONTRIBUTORS: Quan Yuan, Youhua Frank Chen, Jian Yang, Yun Zhou
June 2018

Assessing Risk In The Intercontinental Transportation Of Crude Oil

JOURNAL : MARITIME ECONOMICS & LOGISTICS
CONTRIBUTORS: Atiq W Siddiqui, Manish Verma
April 2018

Conditional Value-at-risk (CVaR) Methodology To Optimal Train Configuration And Routing Of Rail Hazmat Shipments

JOURNAL : TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART B: METHODOLOGICAL
CONTRIBUTORS: S Davod Hosseini, Manish Verma
September 2018

Event-based Allocation Of Airline Check-in Counters: A Simple Dynamic Optimization Method Supported By Empirical Data

JOURNAL : INTERNATIONAL TRANSACTIONS IN OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Mahmut Parlar, Brian Rodrigues, Moosa Sharafali
October 2018

Impact Of Inventory Cannibalisation On A Retailer Selling Substitutes

JOURNAL : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Chirag Surti, Prakash Abad, Elkafi Hassini
September 2018

Impact Of Inventory Cannibalisation On A Retailer Selling Substitutes

JOURNAL : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Elkafi Hassini, Chirag Surti, Prakash Abad
July 2018

A Two-period Sourcing Model With Demand And Supply Risks

JOURNAL : JOURNAL OF THE OPERATIONAL RESEARCH SOCIETY
CONTRIBUTORS: Amirmohsen Golmohammadi, Elkafi Hassini
July 2018

Current Trends In Disaster Management Simulation Modelling Research

JOURNAL : ANNALS OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Deepa Mishra, Sameer Kumar, Elkafi Hassini
August 2018

Two-stage Hybrid Flowshop Scheduling With Simultaneous Processing Machines

JOURNAL : JOURNAL OF SCHEDULING
CONTRIBUTORS: Bailin Wang, Kai Huang, Tieke Li
March 2018

Managing Losses In Exotic Horse Race Wagering

JOURNAL : JOURNAL OF THE OPERATIONAL RESEARCH SOCIETY
CONTRIBUTORS: Antoine Deza, Kai Huang, Michael R Metel
June 2018

Permutation Flowshop Scheduling With Time Lag Constraints And Makespan Criterion

JOURNAL : COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
CONTRIBUTORS: Bailin Wang, Kai Huang, Tieke Li
June 2018

On Component Commonality For Periodic Review Assemble-to-order Systems

JOURNAL : ANNALS OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Antoine Deza, Kai Huang, Hongfeng Liang, Xiao Jiao Wang
October 2017

Optimal Timing To Initiate Medical Treatment For A Disease Evolving As A Semi-Markov Process

JOURNAL : JOURNAL OF OPTIMIZATION THEORY AND APPLICATIONS
CONTRIBUTORS: Mabel C Chou, Mahmut Parlar, Yun Zhou
July 2017

A Value-at-Risk (VAR) Approach To Routing Rail Hazmat Shipments

JOURNAL : TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART D: TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT
CONTRIBUTORS: S Davod Hosseini, Manish Verma
April 2017

Impact Of Train Makeup On Hazmat Risk In A Transport Corridor

JOURNAL : JOURNAL OF TRANSPORTATION SAFETY & SECURITY
CONTRIBUTORS: Jie Cheng, Manish Verma, Vedat Verter
August 2017

A Routing And Scheduling Approach To Rail Transportation Of Hazardous Materials With Demand Due Dates

JOURNAL : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Kan Fang, Ginger Y Ke, Manish Verma
March 2017

An Analytical Approach To The Protection Planning Of A Rail Intermodal Terminal Network

JOURNAL : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Hassan Sarhadi, David M Tulett, Manish Verma
June 2017

An Inventory System With Quasi-hyperbolic Discounting Rate

JOURNAL : IISE TRANSACTIONS
CONTRIBUTORS: Xiaobo Zhao, Yun Zhou, Jinxing Xie
November 2017

A Polyhedral Study On Chance Constrained Program With Random Right-hand Side

JOURNAL : MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING
CONTRIBUTORS: Ming Zhao, Kai Huang, Bo Zeng
April 2016

Integrated On-line Scheduling Of Order Batching And Delivery Under B2C E-commerce

JOURNAL : COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
CONTRIBUTORS: Jun Zhang, Xuping Wang, Kai Huang
July 2016

Truck Loading With Weight Balancing Considerations

JOURNAL : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Kai Huang, Dan Li
December 2016

The Design Of Electric Vehicle Charging Network

JOURNAL : TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART D: TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT
CONTRIBUTORS: Kai Huang, Pavlos Kanaroglou, Xiaozhou Zhang
August 2016

A Toll-based Bi-level Programming Approach To Managing Hazardous Materials Shipments Over An Intermodal Transportation Network

JOURNAL : TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART D: TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT
CONTRIBUTORS: Ghazal Assadipour, Ginger Y Ke, Manish Verma
July 2016

Truck Loading With Weight Balancing Considerations

JOURNAL : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Dan Li, Kai Huang

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

August 2019

Finding Pareto Optimal Solutions In A Supplier-buyer Channel

CONTRIBUTORS: Prakash Abad