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 Timeline

  Fall Spring Summer
Year 1

Core/Area coursework

Business research modules

Core/Area coursework Research paper
Year 2

Present summer paper

Core/Area coursework

Laney Graduate School teaching workshop

Jones Program in Ethics training & workshops

Core/Area coursework Research paper
Year 3

Present summer paper

Dissertation proposal

Teaching assistantship

Dissertation proposal Dissertation proposal
Year 4

Dissertation proposal


Teaching associateship

Dissertation research

Defend dissertation

Teaching business

Dissertation research
Year 5 Dissertation research Dissertation defense  

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

Information Systems & Operations Management PhD Students

Pursuing a PhD in ISOM

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