The Operations program focuses on the design and management of the processes by which products are manufactured and services are delivered to customers throughout the world. The faculty strongly believe in learning by doing, so you will be actively involved in experiential learning activities throughout your two years. The operations faculty have won international recognition for their research, teaching and publications, and have made significant contributions to knowledge about time-based competition, manufacturing cells, quality management, learning processes and manufacturing strategy.
Hours Required: 12
The most flexible option, with two required operations courses and a variety of electives, allowing you to customize the curriculum to your unique needs.
MBA Operations careers include Operations Management (includes Service Operations, Manufacturing Operations and Logistics) and Strategy/Operations Consulting.
Selected Companies That Hired Owen Students - Operations
|Amazon||FedEx Corporation||Nissan North America|
|Cummins Inc||HCA||Tennessee Valley Authority|
|Danone Group||Johnson & Johnson||The Methodist Hospital|
|Deloitte||Massachusetts General Hospital||Vanderbilt University Medical Center|
James A. Speyer Professor of Production Management
Associate Professor of Operations Management
| Mumin Kurtulus
Assistant Professor of Operations Management
E. Bronson Ingram Associate Professor in Operations Management
Professor of Operations Management
Justin Potter Professor of Operations Management
Faculty Director, International Programs
Operations Management Club
The Operations Club fosters understanding of the role of operations in corporations. We share knowledge and resources for exploring careers in operations, provide case experience with real-world operations scenarios, work with faculty to expand operations-related offerings at Owen, facilitate networking opportunities and help students develop operations-specific career and interview skills. Events include meetings, guest speakers and tours, and career development workshops.
More Resume-Building Activities
Operations Case Competitions
Our students took 1st place in the Avnet Supply Chain Challenge in 2011. In addition, over the past ten years, five Owen teams have taken first place in national and international Operations Management competitions for MBA students.
Owen Consulting Club
The OCC helps students prepare for and excel in the competitive consulting industry.
Owen Student Government Association
OSGA helps to shape school policies and strengthen Owen’s sense of community.
Gain business strategy and operations experience by working on a project for a real company while in school.
Meet Students & Alumni
Vanderbilt MBA 2010
Business Analyst Intern, Chevron
“(During the Global Supply Chain Management MBA Case Competition,) it hit me that everything we were learning would be applicable in the real world, and that Owen was giving us every tool to succeed.”
Vanderbilt MBA 2009
Business Planning Intern, Dell
“(Owen has) the perfect combination of reputation, culture and location. There is a feeling of cooperation among students, faculty and staff that I found rare in schools of this caliber… I’ve learned more than I could have imagined.”
Vanderbilt MBA 2008
Business Analyst – Hermetic Motors Division, Emerson
“The Career Management Center helped me a lot in my internship and full-time search. They advised me very well, and I felt like I was the most valuable candidate for them… My world is different now.”
Vanderbilt MBA 2010
MBA Operations Summer Intern, Unum
“Soon I hope to shape health care policy and business through the next stages of my professional career.”
Shuanghui (Liz) Wu
Vanderbilt MBA 2009
Global Supply Manager, Apple
“(Owen) is very challenging, but you also build up your confidence as you learn every day. By the time you graduate, you are well equipped with the knowledge and skills that will benefit you throughout the lifetime of your career.”
Industry News & Multimedia
Selected Operations Faculty Research and News
Skills Companies Seek
Strategic thinking skills
Ability to tackle complex business problems
Synthesize analysis & make recommendations
Strong quantitative skills such as statistics and data analysis
Ability to multitask
Interpersonal & communication skills
Develop and deliver presentations