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Management Science

The Department of Management Science at the Darla Moore School of Business consists of faculty and students engaged in research, teaching and service related activities in the fields of analytics, operations and supply chain management and revenue management. It supports both undergraduate as well as graduate education in these fields, with a Ph.D. being currently offered in Production and Operations Management. Doctoral graduates from the management science program are currently working as faculty members at well regarded institutions such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Delaware, Florida State University, and Wichita State University, among others.

A strong research tradition has driven the scholarly activities of the department.  In 2013, our graduate and undergraduate global supply chain and operations management programs were both ranked 12th by the Gartner Group.  This is especially significant as Gartner puts heavy emphasis on industry value as seen by recruiters and employers.  Further, our operations management graduate program is ranked among the top 15 in the United States by the Princeton Review (2009). The international prestige and reputation of the department is further evidenced by the fact that one or more of its faculty members have won discipline-wide research awards, were awarded funding by the National Science Foundation, delivered keynote addresses at international conferences, and have served on or are currently serving on the editorial review boards of well regarded journals such as Decision Sciences, Manufacturing and Services Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management Journal, among others.

A commitment to excellence in teaching by the department faculty is demonstrated by awards that include the Mungo Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award at the University level, a Fulbright Scholarship at Xiamen University in China, the Alpha Chapter of Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award, the Alfred G. Smith Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award, the Darla Moore School of Business Master Teacher Award, Wickham Skinner Teaching Innovation Award from Production and Operations Management Society, and several college-wide teaching awards given by students in recognition of teaching excellence in the International MBA program.

The external activities of the department include service to both professional as well as business organizations. The program for the 36th International Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute in San Francisco in 2005 was chaired and conducted by the Management Science faculty. Faculty members from the department have served positions such as President of the POMS College of Supply Chain Management, Chair of the INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section and as the President of the Decision Sciences Institute.

As part of its collaborative outreach work with industry and practicing managers, the Center for Global Supply Chain and Process Management (GSCPM) was established in 2005. Under the auspices of the GSCPM Center, consulting projects have been undertaken over the course of years by the department faculty and Moore School graduate students with member firms such as Avaya, Carolinas Healthcare System, Coca-Cola Bottling, Continental Tire, Cummins Engine/Turbo Technologies, Delta Airlines, Textron, Michelin, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Siemens, Sonoco and Ingersoll/Rand, among others. These Center activities and other related initiatives have contributed directly to improving supply chain operations and processes in numerous manufacturing and service organizations.