While none of the major business publications provide rankings of Operations Management PhD programs, UNC is consistently ranked among the top business schools in the world by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report.
A key feature of the PhD program at UNC is its focus on collaboration between PhD students and faculty. At UNC, each PhD student is assigned to a faculty member and students learn the research process by working closely with faculty members on current research. Moreover, the environment at UNC encourages close collaboration between students and as a result, PhD students benefit from the mentoring provided by their classmates.
In addition, PhD students at UNC have the opportunity to take a wide range of classes, including courses at Duke and N.C. State University.
The scope of research interests represented by the UNC faculty is truly distinctive. The faculty's research and expertise spans both manufacturing and services. Current research interests include:
- supply chain design
- supply chain coordination
- global operations
- mass customization
- green supply chains
- retail operations
- service operations
- informational issues in supply chains
- risk management in supply chains