Simon Business School

Course Offerings

The Course Catalog (formerly known as the Information Guide) contains degree requirements and course descriptions.

PHD OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT COURSES

MSM 504.  THEORY OF PROBABILITY AND STOCHASTIC PROCESSES I

The course provides an introduction to stochastic processes. Topics include the Poisson process, renewal theory, Markov chains, semi-Markov and Markov renewal processes, and regenerative processes.

Prerequisite: Some knowledge of functions of a real variable (MTH 265) and probability (BST 401)

 

MSM 505.  THEORY OF PROBABILITY AND STOCHASTIC PROCESSES II

This course covers Optimization in Rn, Weierstrass Theorem, Unconstrained optimization, Lagrange Theorem and equality constraints, Kuhn-Tucker Theorem and Inequality constraints, Convexity, Parametric Monotonicity and Supermodularity. Offered in the summer, primarily for entering doctoral students.

 

MSM 522.  OPTIMIZATION

This course introduces unconstrained and constrained optimization in finite dimensional spaces. Topics include convex sets and functions, Kuhn-Tucker theory, Lagrangian duality, parametric continuity, dynamic programming, and parametric monotonicity.

Prerequisite: Some knowledge of linear algebra and functions of a real variable

 

CIS 501, 502, 503, 521, 522, 523.  PHD SEMINARS IN COMPUTERS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

These six PhD seminars are offered in the fall, winter and spring quarters, with topics selected from the following: decision-support systems, economics of information and the valuation of information systems, issues in the management of information systems and the economics of computing, advanced topics in systems analysis and design, organizational aspects of information systems, logical and physical database design and topics discussed in the joint CIS/OMG PhD seminars.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor

 

OMG 411.  SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

This course gives and overview of supply chain management in a wide variety of industries such as:  groceries, style goods, consumer electronics and services.  The impact of shifts from traditional channels to e-commerce will be emphasized.  New initiatives introduces to address these new challenges, such as vendor managed inventory (VMI), variety postponement, cross docking, real options contracts and quick response, will be studied and applied both in class and assignments.  Supporting software, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and supply chain tools, will also be discussed.  After completing this course, the student should be able to characterize the supply chain issues in an industry/firm, and evaluate current practice as well as identify improvement opportunities.

 

OMG 412.  SERVICE MANAGEMENT

Success of service management critically depends on managing the integration of business processes with customers as well as all related support systems (technology, human resources, information flow). This integration presents a challenge to service managers who need to address significant variation in customer expectations and requirements while controlling costs and remaining competitive. This course provides a foundation for the analysis and improvement of businesses, paying particular attention to the service sector. The type of analysis learned in this course is required in virtually every industry as companies work to improve their bottom-line performance. The best way to improve performance is through a holistic approach, where the structure of processes, information and technological requirements, and the managerial implications, are considered concurrently. The methodologies developed in this course will provide a framework for analysis that will remain constant amid the many different types of services analyzed. Please note that this course is case intensive.

 

OMG 413.  OPERATIONS STRATEGY

For many firms, the operations function marshals the majority share of a firm’s assets and resources while producing products and services. Decision making in operations can have a decisive effect on both the cost and the attractiveness of the firm’s outputs. Thus the management of operations activities is a critical factor in a firm’s competitive strategy. This is a course that explores operations related decisions in the context of overall business, operations, financial and marketing strategies. Strong emphasis is given to valuation of different operational strategies and NPV analysis. Many types of operations decisions are considered:  location, capacity, sourcing, flexibility, and process choice. Risk management and financial evaluation of capital projects will be discussed. In addition to financial evaluation, students will analyze the fit of strategic choices in the competitive context a firm faces. Every class will involve a case study.

 

CIS 418.  ADVANCED BUSINESS MODELING AND ANALYSIS USING SPREADSHEETS

The course expands and develops students' analytical tool kit through "hands on" training in the effective use of spreadhseet-based tools for advanced managerial analysis.  Students perform quantitative analysis of advanced problems in options pricing investments, corporate finance, marketing and operations.  The course enhances and reinforces the analytical skills developed in earlier MBA classes such as formulating and solving large-scale business problems using quantitative models, risk simulation and sensitivity analysis.  Spreadsheet tools introduced in this class include Visual Basic for Applications (V.B.A.) and stochastic optimization using Optquest.  Students who successfully complete the course should possess cutting-edge skills in spreadsheet business modeling and analysis.

 

 
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