The Management Science Group at Kent Business School conducts world class research in the areas of operational research, data analytics, operations management, information systems and environmental management. The group works on a variety of funded projects in logistics, transport, healthcare, and sustainable development, among others.
Research of the Management Science Group focusses on developing advanced problem structuring and analytics tools to help organisations improve their performance, efficiency and sustainability. Group members work on a variety of impactful projects, ranging from the optimisation of logistics operations, to the enhancement of healthcare service provision, to the mitigation of disaster impacts in developing countries. To support decision making and transform business decision processes, the group applies its wide-ranging expertise in methodologies such as participatory approaches, problem structuring methods, predictive analytics, data envelopment analysis, optimisation and simulation.
The group’s research aligns with Kent Business School’s goals of promoting sustainable innovation. Its main focus is on developing research projects that can help organisations, from small businesses to big public bodies or multinational companies, grow sustainably. Examples of these include:
- Professor Maria Paola Scaparra’s EPSRC-funded CREST-OR project which addresses issues of sustainable development in South East Asia.
- Professor Said Salhi’s body of work in heuristic optimisation which has developed decision making tools to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint through the optimisation of their resources.
- Dr Kathy Kotiadis’s PartiSim approach to help businesses involve stakeholders in business simulation modelling processes.
- Professor Jesse O’Hanley’s work with government agencies and NGOs on the development and application of state-of-the-art optimisation based approaches for targeting river connectivity restoration actions.