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Operations & Information Management

Using strong public and private sector links, members of the Operations & Information Management (OIM) Group continuously apply theoretical developments to support the practice of effective decision making in extremely complex environments as well as using those opportunities to create new waves of theoretical knowledge. Examples of recent research projects show this breadth of applied research.

OIM staff regularly work on consulting and research projects with local businesses as well as blue-chip global clientele and UK/international government bodies - helping them to understand, make and implement decisions. Examples include: Guardian Lock (Birmingham), United Nations, AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Health and Safety Executive (UK) and Department for Education and Skills.


  1. August 2013 – Congratulations to Dr Breno Nunes whose article "Sustainable Agricultural Production: An Investigation in Brazilian Semi-Arid Livestock Farms" has been accepted with high praise for publication in the Journal of Cleaner Production.


  2. June 2013 - The European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) 2013 Conference in Dublin (9th-12th)was attended by 4 faculty members and 3 PhD students from ABS and SEAS presenting 5 papers, making it one of the most strongly represented Universities at the conference. Dr. Ben Clegg was elected by its 800+ worldwide membership as one of the new EurOMA board members.


  3. March 2013 - 65 ABS students in the final year Module ‘Effective Management Consultancy’, taught by Dr Chris Owen, have raised a total of £7,062 for charities of their choice.  The money was raised in an ‘Apprentice Challenge’ 24 hour team fund raising event.  The charities which benefitted were: Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Princes Trust, Acorns Children Hospice, John Taylor Hospice, Free Gaza, Syria Relief, Macmillan, Sophie Lancaster, RSPCA, UNICEF, Cancer Research, Comic Relief and Building Blocks.

  4. March 2013 - Congratulations to Dr Ben Clegg, whose paper ‘Systems of Systems: Pure, and Applied to Lean Six Sigma’, has achieved impressive readership results. The chapter in System of Systems has been downloaded 1500 times since its publication last year.

  5. 16-17 January 2013 - Dr Christopher Brewster, Prof Duncan Shaw (University of Warwick) and the Disaster 2.0 team successfully hosted the second Masterclass on “Disaster information: the use of social media and semantic technologies” in Brussels. The aim of which was to publicise the practices and lessons learnt on social media from across Europe. For more information on the Disaster 2.0 project, click here.

  6. January 2013 - Prof Tim Baines has been awarded membership of the European Academy for Industrial Management (AIM). For more information on AIM, click here.

  7. January 2013 - Prof Julia Kotlarsky’s work on outsourcing, has been cited in The Ecomonist as part of special report on outsourcing and offshoring. Read article.

  1. December 2012 - Prof Prasanta Dey, and Drs William Ho and Ozren Despic have won UKIERI (British Council) funding of £60K under UGC Thematic Partnership. The funding is for a collaborative project with Jadavpur University, Kolkata and the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India – “Municipal Solid Waste to Energy: Decision Support System for Supply Chain Design and Planning”.


    The main aim of this project is to promote Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to energy conversion in India by gathering data, designing a database and applying operational research decision theories to MSW to energy project plan development. The decision support system will formulate two ready to implement business plans, whilst enabling decision making across the supply chain processes and multiple decision levels (strategic, tactical and operational).

  2. 21-23 September 2012 - The Disaster 2.0 team are pleased to announce h4d2, the Hackathon for Disaster Response.  This two day event will see software developers and emergency management experts working together to build software and solutions to real-world problems.  Click here for further information.  For further information on the projects and h4d2, please visit www.h4d2.eu.  For ticket information and registration please visit http://h4d2register.eventbrite.com.

  3. 11-13 September 2012 - Prof Tim Baines and Dr Ben Clegg are proud to host The International Conference on Manufacturing Research 2012 (ICMR2012) at Aston Business School.  The ICMR is a major event for academics and industrialists engaged in manufacturing research.  Held annually in the UK since the late 1970s, the conference is renown as a friendly and inclusive environment that brings together a broad community of researchers who share a common goal; developing and managing the technologies and operations that are key to sustaining the success of manufacturing businesses.  For further information please click here.

  4. June 2012 - The OIM Group is delighted to announce that Prof Prasanta Dey has been named as Aston's 'Outstanding Researcher of the Year' at the Aston Excellence Awards 2012.  Congratulations Prasanta!

  5. June 2012 - Dr Breno Nunes has been awarded the 'IAMOT 2012 Research Project Award' by the International Association for Management of Technology, for his research on green operations.  This global award goes to an individual for the "research project of significant impact locally, regionally, or globally".  Dr Nunes received his award at the IAMOT converence in Taiwan.

  6. March 2012 - Prof Prasanta Dey along with Drs Ataur Belal and Stuart Cooper organised a disseminating workshop on 'Corporate reporting and embeddedness of environmental and climate change issues: an emerging economy perspectives' on 14 March at Conference Aston.  The workshop was inaugurated by Prof Julia King and Prof John Edwards gave the welcome address.  The workshop was attended by both researchers and practitioners from the UK and Bangladesh.  The Asst. High Commissioner of Bangladesh also attended and delivered a speech.

  7. March 2012 - Dr William Ho's article entitled "Multiple-criteria decision making approaches for supplier evaluation and selection: A literature review" has been the Hottest Article in the European Journal of Operational Research in the 2010 and 2011 academic years.

  8. February 13, 2012 - Prof Helen Higson attended the launch of the 100 Young Leaders project event, which aims to bring forward the next generation of leaders in Birmingham.  The event was compered by OIM Group alumnus Dr Miles Weaver.

  9. January 2012 - Dr Ali Emrouznejad and Dr William Ho have published their research in a book entitled 'Applied Operational Research in SAS.'

  10. January 2012 - Dr Prasanta Dey (OIM), Dr Stuart Cooper and Dr Atair Belal have won the British council funded project entitled 'Climate Change Issues and environmental performance of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in India and the UK' under UKIERI Thematic Partnership 2011.  The project will be taken in collaboration with Jadavpur University, Kolkata and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

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