Operations Management & Information Systems

The Department of Operations & Information Systems understands it’s one thing to create complex information systems and processes, and it’s another to know how to manage them in a way that makes a business more efficient, effective and competitive. Employees with these skills are considered invaluable assets to any company. That’s why demand for employees trained in Information Systems (IS) and Operations Management (OM) is skyrocketing, and why positions in these fields are some of America’s best paying jobs.


Whether in health care, manufacturing or retail, almost every aspect of any business relies on information systems. As an IS student, you will learn how to effectively manage the technical direction of business, solve technological issues, and implement new technological advances and strategy into day-to-day operations so that the business can achieve a competitive advantage in the market.


Almost all major companies have complex operations that need to be managed well to maximize company profits. As an OM student, you will learn how to manage such operations by studying a wide range of topics including supply chain management, project management, process control and improvement, quality management, the Six Sigma business improvement methodology, inventory management, planning, scheduling, forecasting, and simulation.

Beyond the Classroom

Operations Management Club

Operations Management Club provides opportunities for graduate business students to network with local professionals in the operations management field. The club focuses on opportunities available within the arena for experienced and inexperienced students. You are able to meet local employers, future business colleagues and students within the MBA program. The club’s format includes lectures as well as workshops.

Email UofU.OMClub@Gmail.com    OrgSync

Operations Management Club

TEK is focused on information systems and technology. Club members participate in workshops and competitions where they learn and apply pertinent IS career skills. You also network with industry insiders to stay up-to-date with the latest technology trends.

Check out all of our student clubs and other opportunities beyond the classroom.

Email TEK.Club@Eccles.Utah.edu    OrgSync


OIS Winter Conference

The Department of Operations and Information Systems at the David Eccles School of Business hosts or co-hosts 3 winter conferences:  the Utah Winter Operations Conference, the Product/Service Innovation (PSI) Conference, and the Winter Conference on Business Analytics.  The three are annual conferences that take place during the early months of each calendar year.  The conferences include research paper presentations by top researchers from across the world in the disciplines of operations management, information systems, product and service innovation and the interface between marketing and operations.  In most years they take place at or near one of Utah’s fabulous ski resorts and all conferences feature winter activities such as downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing.


Operations Management Conference     Business Analytics Conference    PSI Conference

Operation Management & Information Systems Speaker Series

Upcoming events

2016 - 2017
Date Speaker University Time / Location Title
October 7 Ozge Sahin, Assist Professor Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 10:30 a.m.
SFEBB 7110
October 12 Christopher Forman, Professor Cornell 10:30 a.m.
SFEBB 7122
October 28 Huigang Liang, Associate Professor East Caroline University 10:30 a.m.
SFEBB 7122
November 4 Heshan Sun, Associate Professor Clemson University 10:30 a.m.
SFEBB 5155
November 18 Hemant Bhargava, Professor UC Davis, Graduate School of Management 10:30 a.m.
SFEBB 7122
 Selling Platforms
February 6 Kamalini Ramdas London Business School
February 8 Nicos Savva London Business School 10:00-11:50 a.m.
SFEBB 7175
February 10 Dr. Anjana Susarla,
Michigan State University 1:30-3:00 p.m.
SFEBB 3106
 Social Capital and Contract Design in Buyer-Supplier Networks
February 13 Jeremy Hutchinson-Krupat Darden UVA 10:00-11:50 a.m.
SFEBB 7172
February 17 Nils Rudi INSEAD 10:00-11:50 a.m.
SFEBB 7122
March 3 Georgia Perakis MIT Sloan School of Management 10:00-11:50 a.m.
SFEBB 7112
March 10 Terrence August University of California,
San Diego
11:30 am – 1:00 p.m.
SFEBB 5155
March 14 Subodha Kumar Texas A & M 10:00-11:50 a.m.
SFEBB 5155
March 31 Amit Mehra, Associate Professor University of Texas at Dallas 10:30-12:00 p.m.
SFEBB 3106
 Remedying Education with Personalized Learning: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in India
March 31 Ozalp Ozer Univ of Texas at Dallas 1:00-3:00 p.m.
SFEBB 3106
April 7 Felipe Caro UCLA – Anderson School of Management 10:00-11:50 a.m.
SFEBB 5155
April 14 Jason Thatcher Texas A & M 1:30-3:00 p.m.
SFEBB 3160
 Social Media and New Employee Selection: How does new technology change an old game?
April 21 Greys Sosic USC Marshall School of Business 10:00-11:50 a.m.
SFEBB 7122
April 28 Fuqiang Zhang Olin Business School 10:00-11:50 a.m.
SFEBB 7122
2015 - 2016
Date Speaker Title Focus
April 26, 2016 Balaji Padmanabhan (USF) The Effects of Time Pressure and Cost Transparency on Recommender Systems for Healthcare Cost Reduction IS
Apr 22, 2016 Xuanming Su Omni-channel Retail Operations with Buy-Online and Pickup-in-Store OS
Apr 01, 2016 Yong-Pin Zhou Inventory Fulfillment Strategies for an Omni-Channel Retailer OS
February 19, 2016 Shawndra Hill (Microsoft) TV’s Dirty Little Secret:
The Negative Effect of Popular TV on Online Auction Sales
February 12, 2016 Jessica Clark (NYU) Who’s Watching TV? IS
February 8, 2016 Xiao Liu (Arizona) Social Media for Pharmacovigilance: A Distant Supervision Approach to Identify Adverse Drug Events IS
February 1, 2016 Jing Peng (Wharton) Participation vs. Effectiveness of Paid Endorsers in Social Advertising Campaigns: A Field Experiment IS
January 29, 2016 Zhen Sun (UT Dallas) Mixing Traffic Streams to Maximize Revenue for a Supply-Side Ad Network IS
January 22, 2016 Shun-Yang Lee (UT Anstin) Word-of-Mouth in Social Media Advertising: “Likes” on Facebook Ads IS
January 8, 2016 Panagiotis (Panos) Adamopoulos
Estimating the Impact of User Personality Traits on Word-of-Mouth: Text-mining Microblogging Platforms IS
Dec 04, 2015 Dorothee Honhon Learning from Clickstream Data OS
Nov 13, 2015 Robert Swinney Managing Social Responsibility in Supply Chains OS
Meet our Faculty

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Olivia Sheng
Olivia Sheng
Presidential Professor, Emma Eccles Jones President's Chair in Business

Olivia R. Liu Sheng is Presidential Professor and Emma Eccles Jones Presidential Chair of Information Systems at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah.

Bradden Blair
Bradden Blair
Assistant Professor/Lecturer, Director of IS Programs

Bradden is passionate about leveraging technology to achieve strategic objectives and maintain a competitive advantage. He is an experienced information technologist, and an advocate for open source technology and agile development.