The Department of Operations and Information Management offers PhD programs in two areas: information systems and operations management. Both programs are designed to prepare individuals for careers in research and teaching at the university level.

Core Areas of Research

Student research is supported by faculty with expertise in the following areas:

  • Health care operations management
  • Supply chain management
  • Behavioral operations management
  • Service operations management
  • Operations strategy
  • Product development
  • Sustainability
  • Online consumer behavior
  • Auction and competitive bidding
  • E-business strategy
  • IT-enabled business transformation
  • Lean work organizations
  • Market efficiency
  • Process design
  • Process improvement

Our faculty members contribute to significant advancements in the field, as evidenced by our recently published journal articles.

Academic Requirements

All students must meet the general PhD requirements of both the UW–Madison Graduate School and the Wisconsin School of Business. Ideal candidates for our program possess a strong academic background, especially in analytical and quantitative fields. While many students have completed master’s degrees or an MBA program, these are not required.

Program Coursework

With guidance from an advisor, each PhD student completes customized coursework to fulfill the requirement of 32 credits. This coursework includes classes in both research methodology and in your major area.

See Guide for all course requirements.

Research Methodology

Students complete a minimum of four courses (12 credits). While required to develop basic research background in multiple research areas, most students ultimately specialize in the research area and methodology that best suits their skills and research interests. Research courses can be drawn from inside or outside the Wisconsin School of Business. Research coursework may be used to fulfill the requirements for the major and minor program.

Major Area of Interest

Students work with their advisor to choose a major area of interest. If you enter the PhD program with a master’s degree in your major area, you may complete the required coursework in two years. Students without a relevant master’s degree may take an additional semester to complete the required coursework.

Before becoming a dissertator, PhD students must complete 32 credits of coursework and pass a preliminary exam, which includes two parts: a written exam and an oral presentation of an original research paper.


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Faculty Research Interests

Yash Babar

Research interests:
  • Sharing Economy
  • Socioeconomic Impacts of Information Systems
  • Social Media & Online Communities
  • Information Systems for Behavioral Change

Robert Batt

Research interests:
  • Health care operations management and emergency department operations
  • Empirical methods
  • Service operations

Hessam Bavafa

Research interests:
  • Health care operations
  • Econometric analysis
  • Stochastic modeling

Gregory DeCroix

Research interests:
  • Contracts
  • Distribution systems
  • Incentives
  • Process management
  • Production planning and inventory theory
  • Supply chain management
  • Sustainable development and business

Donald Hausch

Research interests:
  • Information and its influence on economic decision-making
  • Auctions and competitive bidding
  • Procurement
  • Financial signaling
  • Pari-mutuel betting
  • Applied game theory

Sung Kim

Research interests:
  • Electronic commerce
  • Information technology
  • Online marketing
  • Philosophical and methodological issues

Xiaoyang Long

Research interests:
  • Behavioral operations
  • Interface between marketing and operations
  • Supply chain management
  • New product development

James Morris

Research interests:
  • Operations research
  • Computer models for facility location and distribution system design
  • Optimization models

Enno Siemsen

Research interests:
  • Decision-making
  • Forecasting
  • New product development
  • Operations and technology management
  • Project management
  • Quality improvement

Jordan Tong

Research interests:
  • Supply chain management
  • Behavioral operations management
  • Managerial judgment and decision-making
  • Inventory management
  • Forecasting

Urban Wemmerlöv

Research interests:
  • Healthcare operations management
  • Continuous improvement in manufacturing and healthcare
  • Linking operational and financial performance
  • Management of organizational change

Connect with Current Students

We encourage you to contact our doctoral students in operations and information management to hear their perspectives on the Wisconsin PhD Program.

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See Our Placement Results

Graduates of our PhD specialization in operations and information management have accepted tenure-track positions at top research universities.

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