Supply Chain and Operations

Supply Chain and Operations at the Carlson School was recently rated the top research program in the nation. This area deals with the study of organizations that produce goods and services and the related methods of management science used to improve operations and organizations. Faculty research interests include strategic management of operations, quality management, technology management, service operations, supply chain management, simulation, and statistical quality control.

Message from Chris Nachtsheim, SCO Department Chair

The Supply Chain and Operations PhD program trains scholars to conduct theoretically-grounded, methodologically-rigorous research to address relevant problems facing operations and supply chain managers within and across organizations embedded in global supply chains.

This research has led to the generation of new scientific knowledge, the development of novel management practices, and to the invention of enhanced statistical methodologies. Graduates from the Supply Chain and Operations PhD program accept academic positions in highly-respected, PhD–granting business schools at major universities around the world.

The success of the Supply Chain and Operations PhD program stems from its globally-recognized and widely-cited faculty, whose scholarship has cemented the foundation for many contemporary management practices, including, for example, quality management and Six Sigma, lean, mass customization, and supply chain dynamics and technologies. Our faculty is recognized for continuing contributions to empirical, statistical, and behavioral science methods in the operations and supply chain management discipline. As a result, the Supply Chain and Operations Department has been ranked in the top two such departments in terms of quality and quantity of research scholarship.

The Supply Chain and Operations Department and its PhD program are embedded within a major research institution and a vibrant business community. The doctoral program benefits from deep interactions with other nationally-recognized academic units and faculty within the Carlson School and the University of Minnesota, and from the enthusiastic support and involvement of the Minnesota business community.

Students who are self-motivated, disciplined, intellectually-grounded, and problem-driven will not only be challenged while in the Supply Chain and Operations PhD program, but will also find the program to be a uniquely-rewarding experience that will that will prepare them rigorously for a successful career in academia and scholarship.

PhD Coordinator

Kevin Linderman

Professor Kevin Linderman

Contact Professor Linderman for program questions.

Professor Linderman

Alumni Perspective

David Zepeda

"The PhD program in SCO is a great place to develop the skills necessary to conduct relevant and authoratative research...The University of Minnesota also has a world- class research community with a vast pool of resources allowing you to refine and improve your research skills."

- David Zepeda. 2012, Northeastern University