Operations & Systems Management

  • Postal address

    Portland Street, Richmond Building

    PO1 3DE Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Operations and Systems Management subject group is part of the Portsmouth Business School, and sits within the University's Faculty of Business and Law.

Effective operations and systems management helps businesses of all sizes deliver their products and services to customers in time and cost-efficient ways. In an age of increasing global competition – where every inch gained or minute lost is important – it's vital to have intelligent systems in place.


We have specialist knowledge and skills in virtualisation and business process innovation, decision science, ICT adoption and impact, quality management, six sigma and organisational excellence, business intelligence, data mining, knowledge management, and system thinking.

Our research focuses on applied management techniques and technologies – and through collaboration and knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) with organisations around the world, our work is helping address both business and societal issues.

The group has a reputation for research excellence and between 2018 and 2019, has produced more than 60 academic journal papers. We've also become an attractive destination for international scholars, with more than 30 doctoral research students.

Many of our staff are members of the Centre for Operational Research and Logistics (CORL), where we deliver interdisciplinary research focusing on topics such as sustainable logistics management and modelling. We're also involved in the University's research themes that address issues in health and wellbeing, future and emerging technologies, security and risk, and sustainability and environment.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Decision and data analytics
  • Exact and metaheuristic solution methods
  • Healthcare analytics
  • Multiple criteria decision aid
  • Optimisation modelling
  • Renewable energy and sustainability analytics
  • Risk and security analytics
  • Transportation and maritime systems

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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