Operations and Supply Chain Management (formerly Decision Sciences)
The business world is constantly grappling with questions like "How much product should we make, and when?” and “How many employees do we need, and how do we lay out a room to fit them?” Operations managers are therefore valued members of any business team.
In both manufacturing and service industries, operations specialists work to find the best, most efficient way to structure a supply chain, from retail companies and manufacturers to airlines, hospitals, restaurants, social services agencies and even universities.
What You Study
The Operations Management courses are offered by the Operations and Supply Chain Management Department with a curriculum (PDF link; scroll down for OSCM information) to prepare you on the fundamental concepts and practical analytical tools that help managers make better operational decisions, including statistics and computer technology.
Coursework will enable students to understand, analyze and improve all types of processes in order to improve organizational competitiveness in terms of cost, quality, flexibility, delivery, innovation and/or service.
How We Support Your Learning
Students in Operations Management are assigned to an Operations and Supply Chain Management faculty member as their major advisor—these are deeply experienced professionals well versed in today’s operations world, and in what students need to do to excel at it. Many students also gain experience by networking with Twin Cities professionals through internships and the activities of the Supply Chain and Operations Club.