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Operations Management and Decision Sciences

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OMDS is an interdisciplinary concentration that is intended for scholars interested in academic careers requiring advanced knowledge of complex tools in the management sciences. The common interest of all the faculty involved in this program is the development and use of quantitative tools for the advancement of research in economics and management.

The concentration is organized in a flexible way: In the first year, it provides students with a structured education in quantitative research methods in Operations Management, Decision Science and Statistics. Thus, the concentration focuses on theoretical, empirical and methodological research of managerial decisions that drive all disciplines interested in the process of formulating, evaluating and executing high quality decision making. In the second year, students can specialize in a field of their interest with applications in a range of business areas, including Accounting, Actuarial Science, Economics, Finance,  Information Systems, International Business, Logistics, Management, Marketing, Operations, Production and the Supply Chain.

Subfields

The fields that students can specialize in belong to different departments and research centers.

Operations Management not only concerns the traditional creation, production, and delivery of products and services, but it takes a broader view that comprises several areas such as supply chain management, logistics, purchasing management, project management, and new product development. All these fields have a strong operational focus and a potential impact on the successful management of operations.
This subfield is hosted by the OMOR cluster and the OM department.
Recent research interests of our faculty include:
- Environmental management and monitoring
- Humanitarian logistics and relief operations
- Supply Chain Management and coordination

Operations Research concerns both the application of quantitative methods to optimally solve managerial problems and the successful development of decision making. Our faculty performs research on the development of new methods and applications in Operations and Supply Chain management.
This subfield is hosted by the OMOR cluster comprising elements of the IDS  and OM
departments.
Recent research interests of our faculty include:
- Advanced Decision Theory
- Continuous-time Dynamic Games
- Optimal control Theory
- Robust optimization using choice models (applications to Healthcare and Housing)

Statistics & Decision Sciences combine economic, mathematical and computer tools to solve business problems. The approach may involve e.g. model building, analysis of big data, empirical testing of theories, risk management, econometrics and forecasting.
This subfield is hosted by the IDS department and the CREAR research center.
Recent research interests of our faculty include:
- Agent based models of learning
- Assessment of Climate Change
- Extreme Value Theory
- Multivariate Statistics
- Predictive Path Modeling
- Risk analysis & Risk Management

Faculty

Operations Management & Operations Research

Laurent ALFANDARI is Professor in the Department of Information Systems, Decision Science & Statistics and holds a Doctorate in Operations Research from Université Paris IX Dauphine. His research fields are: operations research, discrete optimization and applications to operations management (network design, city logistics, scheduling, production planning, routing problems and facility location).

Philippe-Pierre DORNIER is Professor in the Department of Operations Management and holds a Doctorat en Ingénierie et Gestion from École des Mines de Paris. His research is focused on change management in supply chain and on optimization of the sales point within the supply chain.

Pietro DE GIOVANNI is Associate Professor in the Department of Operations Management and holds a PhD in Management Science from Essec Business School. His research interests are game theory and differential games applied to closed-loop supply chain, supply chain coordination, marketing and operations management.

Fouad El OUARDIGHI is Professor in the Department of Operations Management and holds a doctorate in Business Administration from Université Paris Ouest (Paris 10 Nanterre). His main research interests are in the interface of operations management and marketing, in R&D competition, and in pollution control. He is Associate Editor for International Game Theory Review.

Ivana LJUBIC is Professor at the Department of Information Systems, Decision Science & Statistics and holds a Doctorate in Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology. She serves as Associate Editor for the journal Omega and she is member of Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Computers and Operations Research. She also served as guest-editor of journals: European Journal of Operational Research and Annals of Operations Research and she is currently vice-president of the INFORMS Network Analytics and Telecommunication Section. Her research interests include network design problems, combinatorial optimization, optimization under uncertainty and bilevel optimization.

Felix PAPIER is Associate Professor in the Department of Operations Management and holds a Doctorate from the University of Cologne. His research interests include supply chain and inventory management, sustainable operations, rental fleet optimization, and spare parts management.

Statistics & Decision Sciences

Guillaume CHEVILLON is Professor in the Department of Information Systems, Decision Science & Statistics and holds a D.Phil., in Economics from the University of Oxford. His research interests lie in time series econometrics and forecasting, with a special interest in Macroeconomics and Finance.

Vincenzo ESPOSITO VINZI is Dean of the Faculty, Professor in the Department of Information Systems, Decision Science & Statistics and holds a Ph.D., in Computational Statistics from the University of Naples. . His research interests focus on multivariate statistics, structural equation modeling, PLS regression and path modeling, with business and industry-oriented applications. He is the President of the International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics and the Chairman of the European Board of Directors of the International Association for Statistical Computing. He is an Associate Editor of Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Computational Statistics, Advances in Data Analysis and Classification and Statistical Methods & Applications. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the "Handbook of Partial Least Squares: Concepts, Methods and Applications" by Springer.

Marie KRATZ is Professor in the Department of Information Systems, Decision Science & Statistics and holds a Doctorate in Applied Mathematics (UPMC Paris 6 & Center for Stochastic Processes, UNC Chapel Hill, USA). Her research addresses a range of topics in applied probability, mathematical statistics and actuarial mathematics, with a focus on extreme value theory, risk analysis and Gaussian processes. She is the director of CREAR, the Center on Risk at ESSEC, launched with the collaboration of the insurance industry and international academic partners. She is also President of the group “Banque, Finance, Assurance” at the French Society of Statistics.

Jeroen V.K. ROMBOUTS is Professor in the Department of Information Systems, Decision Science & Statistics and holds a Ph.D., in Economics from CORE, Universite Catholique de Louvain.  His research interests focus on econometrics, finance, time series, nonparametric statistics and Bayesian inference with forecasting applications in the field of macroeconomics and finance. He is elected member of the International Statistical Institute and serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Forecasting, and Computational Statistics and Data Analysis.

 Recent placement of Alumni

The Lebanese American University (Lebanon),  NOVA School of Business and Economics (Portugal), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  (The Netherlands),  Curtin Business School, Perth, (Australia).

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