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 / Director, Blended Learning Part-Time MBA Program

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...

Berk Gorgulu

BERK GORGULU

Assistant Professor

Berk Gorgulu is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the DeGroote School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the...

Elkafi Hassini

ELKAFI HASSINI

Professor / Associate Dean, Research

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

Professor / Area Chair, Operations Management

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 / Distingushed University Professor / Distinguished Business Research 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...

Lingling Shi

LINGLING SHI

Assistant Professor

Lingling Shi is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. Her recent research work focuses on sustainable operations, green...

Manish Verma

MANISH VERMA

Professor / Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

Manish Verma is 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 Management/...

George Wesolowsky

GEORGE WESOLOWSKY

Professor Emeritus

Professor Wesolowsky specializes in quantitative methods for business decisions. Two particular fields of application are statistical methods for quality control and optimization methods in...

Yun Zhou

YUN ZHOU

Associate 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

April 2024

Freight Last Mile Delivery: A Literature Review

JOURNAL : TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND TECHNOLOGY
CONTRIBUTORS: Si Liu, Elkafi Hassini
February 2024

Optimization Of Inpatient Care Unit Resources During Covid-19 Pandemic

JOURNAL : ANNALS OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Manas Ghosh, Elkafi Hassini
January 2024

The Pricing And Sourcing Strategies Of Competitive Retailers Under Supply Disruption In The Presence Of Liquidated Damages

JOURNAL : COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
CONTRIBUTORS: Wenlong Li, Shupei Huang, Kai Huang, Yabin Qi, Haizhong An
January 2024

Optimal Pricing And Donation Policy For Fresh Goods

JOURNAL : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Arma?an Özbilge, Elkafi Hassini, Mahmut Parlar
February 2024

Frontiers In Operations: Battery As A Service: Flexible Electric Vehicle Battery Leasing

JOURNAL : MANUFACTURING & SERVICE OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
CONTRIBUTORS: Lingling Shi, Bin Hu
April 2024

Efficient Solution Approaches For The Bi-criteria P -hub Median And Dispersion Problem

JOURNAL : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Prasanna Ramamoorthy, Navneet Vidyarthi, Manish Verma
August 2023

Modeling The Impact Of Iot Technology On Food Supply Chain Operations

JOURNAL : ANNALS OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Elkafi Hassini, Mohamed Ben-daya, Zied Bahroun
May 2023

Optimal Pricing In The Presence Of Iot Investment And Quality-dependent Demand

JOURNAL : ANNALS OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Mohamed Ben-daya, Elkafi Hassini, Zied Bahroun, Hafsa Saeed
January 2023

Vaccine Allocation And Distribution: A Review With A Focus On Quantitative Methodologies And Application To Equity, Hesitancy, And Covid-19 Pandemic

JOURNAL : OPERATIONS RESEARCH FORUM
CONTRIBUTORS: Emanuele Blasioli, Bahareh Mansouri, Srinivas subramanya Tamvada, Elkafi Hassini
September 2023

Carbon Emission Reduction Analysis For Cloud Computing Industry: Can Carbon Emissions Trading And Technology Innovation Help?

JOURNAL : ENERGY ECONOMICS
CONTRIBUTORS: Xianyu Yu, Yuezhi Hu, Dequn Zhou, Qunwei Wang, Xiuzhi Sang, Kai Huang
September 2023

Deep Learning-based Model Predictive Control For Real-time Supply Chain Optimization

JOURNAL : JOURNAL OF PROCESS CONTROL
CONTRIBUTORS: Jing Wang, , Kai Huang
June 2023

Data-driven Supply Chain Monitoring Using Canonical Variate Analysis

JOURNAL : COMPUTERS & CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
CONTRIBUTORS: Jing Wang, , Kai Huang
January 2023

Option Applications For Retailers In A Decentralized Inventory System

JOURNAL : COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
CONTRIBUTORS: Jiejian Feng, Kai Huang, Michael Zhang, Ignacio Castillo, Jinglei Yang
March 2023

Perils And Merits Of Cross-channel Returns

JOURNAL : IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT
CONTRIBUTORS: Armagan Ozbilge, Elkafi Hassini, Mahmut Parlar
January 2023

A Robust Optimization Approach To Risk-averse Routing Of Marine Crude Oil Tankers

JOURNAL : COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
CONTRIBUTORS: Atiq w Siddiqui, Hassan Sarhadi, Manish Verma
2023

Locating A Rectangular Barrier Facility On The Plane: A Bi-objective Approach

JOURNAL : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
CONTRIBUTORS: Mustafa s Canbolat, George Wesolowsky, Michael V, On Massow
June 2023

Courier Dedication Vs. Sharing In On-demand Delivery

CONTRIBUTORS: Arseniy Gorbushin, Ming Hu, Yun Zhou
April 2023

Partial Or Full Doses First? Vaccine Allocation Under Limited Supply

CONTRIBUTORS: Ming Hu, Chaoyu Zhang, Yun Zhou

OTHER PUBLICATIONS