Operations and Innovation Management comprises scholarly endeavours which bring together expertise in Operational research, information technology, innovation and operations management. The aim is to advance knowledge and support businesses in managing dynamic complexity through applied research in contemporary areas. Many well known universities are engaged in a variety of research collaborations. Expertise is available in mathematical and modelling techniques as well as qualitative approaches which are exploited as per the problem context. Specific research themes currently include:
Risk and sustainability aspects in supply chain management: The focus is on improving the risk management process to reduce the financial loss from unanticipated events that disrupt the flow of goods. The specific orientation is on developing protocols for early detection of emerging risks, with both empirical contexts and modelling approaches being utilized. Research is also being conducted in the sustainability area where the focus is on understanding the barriers to greening the construction supply chains in the Middle East and enhancing the effectiveness of reverse logistics in the case of automotive supply chains.
ICT applications in supply chain management: Supply chains have benefitted tremendously from application of information and communication technologies such as internet, ERP and CRM. Current research is aimed at studying the impact of newer technologies such as RFID as well as Facebook and Twitter with the focus being on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Organisational excellence: Recent research in this area focused on establishing the link between organisational excellence strategies and improved financial performance within Europe. Other research conducted with the Gresham Professor of Finance concerned asset bubble detection and cultural risk/reward typologies. On-going research includes: psychopathic leadership and organisational performance as well as absorptive capacity in the oil & gas industry.
Project management: Key areas revolve around the use of project management methodologies and complexities in managing operations in a collaborative setting within the not for profit sector including local government, charities and NGOs.
Production system design, production planning and scheduling: Research is being conducted using quantitative approaches such as discrete event simulation and optimization. The focus is on emerging organizational models based on holonic, fractal and biological concepts as well as applications of scheduling theory in logistics and supply chains.
Innovation management: Multiple streams of research are being conducted including organizational knowledge dynamics pertaining to service innovations and how firms manage their knowledge assets through IP strategies, diffusion and adoption of Information Technology (IT) innovations, as well as, understanding how certain IT and management innovations become popular in a short time period and mechanisms for knowledge transfer and how they contribute to various aspects of firm's innovation performance.