The Operations and Information Management (OIM) Department believes teaching should address current and future economic, social and organisational challenges.

These challenges drive our teaching agenda, and our courses and wider activities fulfil future individual educational requirements of our graduates, recruitment needs of organisations and socio-political-environmental issues concerning our world. To do this our faculty undertake theoretical and practical research; work with organisations and teach on our degree programmes.

Teaching delivery in OIM is a blended mix of traditional lectures and seminars, online webinars and asynchronous online materials. We are equally able to deliver our courses online and on campus face-to-face. We pride ourselves on delivering material that is both relevant to operations professionals and research informed. OIM teachers and lecturers use a variety of modern teaching methods such as case studies, videos, problem/challenge based learning, project assignments, guest lecturers, serious games, and simulations. Learning experiences use individual and group exercises. We use leading research materials for our teaching. Undergraduates have a placement year that links directly to studies. Post-graduates can undertake industry based projects. Research students become integral members of the Department and often working closely with academics and support industry based research projects.

We have written leading textbooks in the area of operations Management, IT management, simulation, green and sustainable operations, data envelopment analysis, and advanced services for manufacturing.

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses 

Our full list of undergraduate and postgraduate courses can be found here.

OIM have won awards for innovative teaching (European Operations Management Association - EurOMA 2017, 2019 and 2020).

The majority of the Dept have Fellowships awarded by AdvanceHE. Faculty are also very active in international organisations, where many have fellowships, such as:

  • Academy of Social Sciences
  • British Computer Society (BCS)
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • European Operations Management Association (EurOMA)
  • Cybernetics Society
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Institution of Engineers and Technology
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT)
  • Operational Research Society (ORS)
  • Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) 
  • Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)
  • Women’s Higher Education Network (WHEN) amongst others.

OIM has Gold status in the UK’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for its teaching as part Aston Business School.