Current Research

The W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness supports applied research activities through doctoral research fellowships with the objective of producing new knowledge related to the field of operations management, and providing students with the opportunity to use company data to validate academic hypotheses, increasing their exposure to industry problems and enhancing the relevance of their research.

Research Director

Omar Besbes
Vikram S. Professor of Business

Omar Besbes is the Vikram S. Professor of Business in the Decision, Risk and Operations Division of Columbia Business School. His primary research interests are in the area of decision-making under model uncertainty with a focus on applications in e-commerce, pricing, and revenue management, online advertising, operations management and service systems. His research has been recognized by the 2012 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section prize as well as the 2013 M&SOM best paper award. In INFORMS 2019, he was a winner of the prestigious Frederick W. Lanchester Prize awarded for the best contribution to operations research and the management sciences published in English in the past five years. He serves on the editorial boards of Management Science and Operations Research.

Professor Besbes is a graduate Ecole Polytechnique (France) and received an MS from Stanford University in 2000 and a PhD from Columbia University in 2008. Before joining Columbia, he was on the faculty at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.