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PhD in administration - Logistics and Operations Management

PhD in Administration – Logistics and Operations Management

Are you planning on a career in academia or business in the field of logistics and operations management? Do you want to conduct research using empirical methods or operational research models? Do your PhD at a world-class school, in an internationally renowned community of professors and researchers.

Your PhD in short

  • Offered by HEC Montréal jointly with Concordia and McGill universities and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). This partnership gives you access to resources (faculty and courses) rarely available elsewhere in the world.
  • Full-time program allowing you to complete your studies in four or five years.
  • Tuition fees waived and competitive funding for the first four years of your studies.
  • Many links with businesses and research centres.

For a career in academia or in industry

66 %

of the graduates in this specialization hold positions as professors at universities in Canada, the United States, and the Middle East. The others are working in the private sector, as analysts, consultants, or managers.

Among the best

Our PhD students publish their research in top-tier journals, including:

  • Computers & Operations Research
  • INFORMS Journal on Computing
  • International Journal of Production Economics
  • Operations Research
  • Transportation Science
  • Omega

The awards won by doctoral graduates are also proof of their excellence.

  • Several of our PhD students have won the HEC best doctoral thesis award:
    • Yossiri Adulyasak in 2014 for his thesis Models and solution algorithms for production routing problems.
    • Masoud Chitsaz in 2020 for his thesis Integrated Production and Transportation Planning.
    • Karima Afif in 2021 for her thesis Sustainable product packaging: exploring the organizational buying decision and the effect of the weight-based packaging tax.
  • Several students obtained the Esdras-Minville prize for the best published research article written by a PhD student at HEC Montréal:
    • Yossiri Adulyasak in 2013 for his article Optimization-Based Adaptive Large Neighborhood Search for the Production Routing Problem.
    • Narges Seresthi in 2021 for his article Capacitated stochastic lot sizing problem with aggregate service level constraints.
  • Maricela Arellano won the prize for the best article (in the field of supply chain and operations management) at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in 2017.
  • Narges Sereshti won the Best Paper Award in the journal Omega in 2021 for her article Capacitated stochastic lot sizing problem with aggregate service level constraints.
  • Ali Kermani and Sina Shahnejat-Bushehri won the Best Applied Paper Award at the 10th IFAC conference on Manufacturing modelling, Management and Control in 2022.

Be part of innovations in research

“I embarked on my PhD studies motivated to develop scientific management insights in the area of service operations management. The faculty immensely helped and encouraged me to conduct research which involved various methodologies including qualitative analysis, empirical methods and quantitative artificial neural network approaches. At no point in my research did I feel left alone.”
Nikhil Varma, PhD. Assistant Professor, Anisfield School of Business, (USA)

Varied research interests

Empirical research

  • Healthcare operations management
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Operations strategy
  • Purchasing management
  • Service operations management
  • Supply chain management
  • Transportation management

Applied operational research

  • Hospital logistics and operations
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Network design
  • Production and distribution planning
  • Supply chain analytics
  • Transportation and route planning
  • Sustainable logistics in the agri-food chain
“The focus on high-quality research enabled me to become a post-doctoral research fellow at MIT (SMART), and next apply my knowledge in practice at a major supply chain solution provider (JDA). Now I can take this experience back into my classroom and my research.”
Yossiri Adulyasak, PhD. Assistant Professor, HEC Montréal

For more information on the research interests of professors in this Department, see the page on logistics and operations management research at HEC Montréal (in French).

An exceptional research milieu

HEC Montréal is a centre of excellence in logistics and operations management, with world-renowned professors in this field. Most of them receive research grants from well-known research organizations, and some hold a research chair or professorship.

Research professorships

Department faculty and students work closely with several research centres:

Program details
90 Credits
  • Full time
  • Day
Instruction mode
  • On-site
  • Côte-des-Neiges

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