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The Operations group studies the design and management of value-enhancing systems and processes that lead to improved decision-making in both tactical and strategic aspects of an organisation. Faculty members are involved in research projects addressing a wide spectrum of management challenges anddraw from economics, mathematics, statistics, strategy and operations research, as well as psychology and sociology. The subject group has two areas of specialisation:

  • Management Science, which provides and exercises analytical tools for managers
  • Operations Management, which concerns the management of operations in both manufacturing and service sectors

The research of the group falls broadly into the following categories:

  • Behavioural operations (Christoph Loch)
  • Healthcare operations (Houyuan Jiang, Stefan Scholtes)
  • Innovation and new product development (Stelios Kavadias, Christoph Loch, Nektarios Oraiopoulos, Stefan Scholtes)
  • Operations strategy and flexibility (Jane Davies, Stelios Kavadias, Christoph Loch)
  • Service operations (Jane Davies, Stelios Kavadias, Stefan Scholtes)
  • Supply chain management (Benn Lawson)
  • Decision analysis, optimisation and risk (Houyuan Jiang, Daniel Ralph)
  • Energy and environment (Daniel Ralph)


  • Davies, Jane
    Senior Faculty in Management Practice, Director of the MBA Programme, Deputy Director of the Centre for Process Excellence & Innovation (CPEI)
  • Erhun, Feryal
    Reader in Operations Management
  • Jiang, Houyuan
    Reader in Management Science
  • Kavadias, Stylianos (Stelios)
    Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth, Director of Research
  • Lawson, Benn
    University Senior Lecturer in Operations Management, Director of the Centre for Process Excellence & Innovation (CPEI)
  • Loch, Christoph
    Director of Cambridge Judge Business School, Professor of Management Studies
  • Oraiopoulos, Nektarios
    University Lecturer in Operations Management
  • Ralph, Daniel
    Professor of Operations Research, Academic Director of the Centre for Risk Studies, Head of the Operations Subject Group
  • Scholtes, Stefan
    Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management, Director of the Doctoral and Master of Research Programmes, Academic Director of the Centre for Health Leadership & Enterprise (CCHLE)
  • Sengupta, Kishore
    Reader in Operations Management
  • Stillwell, David
    University Lecturer in Big Data Analystics & Quantitative Social Science

Lecturer and Senior Lecturer are equivalent to Assistant Professor in North American terminology. Reader is equivalent to Associate Professor with tenure in North American terminology.

PhD students

Fellows & Associates

All members of the group make editorial contributions to leading journals, including in the last five years the Journal of Operations Management, Management Science, Operations Research, Mathematics of Operations Research, Mathematical Programming (editor-in-chief of Series B) and MSOM Production and Operations Management.

The research agenda of the group is stimulated by regular contacts with senior personnel of regional, national and international organisations such as Bank of China, British Airways, BP, Ernst & Young, Ofgem, Defra, Shell, UK Department for Transport, NICE and Cambridge University Hospitals.

The group also maintains long-standing collaborations with leading academics and cognate groups in the UK, Europe and across the Atlantic.

Seminars are added as they are arranged.

View a list of all Cambridge Judge research seminars