Operations, Information Management & Decision Processes
Wharton's program in Operations, Information Management & Decision Processes emphasizes research on real management problems and maintains a balance between theory and implementation. The faculty trains scholars in decision processes, information and decision technologies, information strategy, operations management, and operations research.
Our faculty leads in the development and application of an innovative blend of analytical and empirical approaches to important problems facing the private and public sectors, including: supply chain management; service delivery systems; product development and innovation processes; decision support systems; information-based strategy; systems development and implementation; risk and environmental management; and behavioral approaches to individual and managerial decision making.
Our Ph.D. program provides a unique mix of behavioral, economic, statistic and analytical training to its students, and its strength is reflected in our students' record of placement and achievement.
Recent graduates have taken academic positions at leading institutions such as Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Duke, the University of Chicago, INSEAD, London Business School, Northwestern, NYU, UCLA, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and Yale.
Recent students and graduates have won numerous awards, including the George B. Danzig Dissertation Award (2008, 2009), the POMS College of Supply Chain Management Student Paper Competition (2008), the Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Award (2009) and, Best Conference Paper with a Student as First Author, International Association for Conflict Management (2010).
Admitted students are granted a four-year fellowship, including tuition and a stipend. After their first year, students participate in the intellectual life of the department by working as a research or teaching fellow. Additional summer and fifth-year research funding may also be available from a number of sources, including the department's OPIM Scholar award and faculty research grants.
We award fellowships and teaching assistantships to all admitted students. A typical financial aid package covers tuition, fees, enrollment in the University of Pennsylvania’s Student Health Plan, and an annual stipend for living expenses for four years, given continued good standing in the program. Fifth-year funding, if needed, is typically available from the student’s faculty advisor and Wharton’s research centers, as well as through the OPIM Department and competitive fellowships. More »