The Operations and Information Management (O&IM) group has a long tradition of developing, applying and teaching theoretical developments to support the practice of effective decision making in extremely complex environments. We carry out research and teaching in the areas of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Servitization, Operations Research/Management Science, Information Systems Business Analytics and Open Data.
We have multidisciplinary and multicultural group of 34 members of staff, and 32 doctoral researchers. The O&IM group is organised in four teams: Systems Modelling and Simulation, Business Analytics, Operations Management and Global ICT Management. This structure allows us to develop focused research within the teams, but also to create collaborations between teams and externally.
The research we develop is both rigorous and relevant. We work with leading organisations, both in the public and private sector. Examples include: Jaguar Land Rover, Chiltern Railways, United Nations, AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Health and Safety Executive (UK), Fire and Rescue Service, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Department for Education.
The group hosts two research centres: The Aston Centre for Servitization Research and Practice and the Aston Centre for Research into Safety and Security (CRISIS).
Our group is very active in securing research funding from a number of sources such as the European Commission (EC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and The British Council, as well as from Commercial and Public Organisations.
We provide teaching to a wide variety of programmes, at undergraduate (BSc), postgraduate (MSc) and PhD level. Our teaching is both academically rigorous and practically relevant. We have a strong tradition of linking our teaching to our research and to the needs of organisations that will employ our students.
At undergraduate level, we provide support for many programmes and manage in the group the following:
The group manages the following MSc Programmes: