PhD in

Information Systems & Operations Management

Practice Driven and Data Driven

Students in Emory's doctoral program in Information Systems & Operations Management may pursue a track in either Information Systems (IS) or Operations Management (OM).

Information Systems Track

Information is a core concept in business, and information systems embody the essential processes that transmit, translate, and transform information within and between businesses. The IS track focuses on these phenomena from the standpoint of management practice, enterprise opportunity, and market possibilities. Strong candidates in the Information Systems track may have prior coursework and practical experience in computer programming, computer sciences, cognitive science, or aspects of systems design and implementation.

Operations Management Track

Operations Management is a central business function that is concerned with the effective management of developing new products and services, as well as the logistics operations of production and distribution. Research in this area covers a wide array of topics and builds upon a variety of disciplines including Economics, Statistics, Psychology, and Operations Research. Candidates for the Operations Management track are expected to have a strong analytical background with coursework in mathematics, economics, or engineering.

Information Systems & Operations Management Curriculum

  • Year 1

  • Fall

    Core/Area Coursework & Survey of Business Research Methods
  • Spring

    Core/Area Coursework
  • Summer

    Summer Research Paper
  • Year 2

  • Fall

    Present Summer Paper, Core/Area Coursework, Laney Graduate School Teaching Workshop & Jones Program in Ethics Training and Workshops
  • Spring

    Core/Area Coursework
  • Summer

    Summer Research Paper
  • Year 3

  • Fall

    Present Summer Paper, Comprehensive Exam & Teaching Assistantship
  • Spring

    Dissertation Proposal
  • Summer

    Dissertation Proposal
  • Year 4

  • Fall

    Dissertation Proposal, Candidacy & Teaching Associateship
  • Spring

    Defend Dissertation, Dissertation Research & Masters Teaching Program
  • Summer

    Dissertation Research
  • Year 5

  • Fall

    Dissertation Research
  • Spring

    Dissertation Defense
  • Graduation

Faculty and Published Work

The ISOM faculty includes leading researchers in their respective areas, publishing in such notable journals including Management Science, Information Systems Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Operations Research, MIS Quarterly, Production and Operations Management, Cognitive Science, and Organizational Science. The ISOM faculty has close ties with organizations in Atlanta and beyond, serving as consultants, collaborating with research, and holding corporate board memberships.

ISOM Faculty

Anandhi Bharadwaj
Vice Dean for Faculty and Research; Goizueta Endowed Chair in Electronic Commerce and Professor of Information Systems, Operations Management
Ramnath Chellappa
Associate Dean & Academic Director of Master of Science in Business Analytics; Goizueta Foundation Term Professor of Information Systems & Operations Management

Information Systems & Operations Management PhD Students

Pursuing a PhD in ISOM

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