Operations Research and Management Science Group

The Operations Research and Management Science Group (ORMS) was established to develop and extend the research and application of operations concepts and principles in both the private and public sectors, and to draw upon the expanding interest in issues relating to operations management within Kingston Business School.

Research team



  • Dr Des Doran, University of Sussex
  • Professor Aris A.Synetos,Cardiff University
  • Professor Benjamin Laker, Henley Business School


  • Alexandros Mertikas (DBA)
  • Matt Denham (DBA)
  • Ehsan Khajeh


ORMS undertakes both commissioned and public domain research using rigorous academic thinking to help practitioners address issues concerning operations strategy, strategic fit, innovation, international logistics, outsourcing and business improvement.


Sponsors include: Abbot Laboratories, Anglo American, Balfour Beatty, Chess Dynamics, DeBeers, Giddings Design, GKN, HSBC, John Crane, Natures Way Foods, Smiths Group, Smiths Medical, Smiths Detection, Sainsbury's, Standard Bank, Standard Life Assurance Company, United Dairies, Vestas, Wipro and Wyeth.


ORMS actively encourage the dissemination, development and application of operations management issues publications, conference presentations, industry-based projects and a series of guest lectures at the Business School.

Upcoming events

How to publish in top journals?

Presented by: Dr Reza Zanjirani Farahani

Date and Time: 12.00 - 13.00, Friday 1 November 2019

Venue: Kingston Business School, room KHBS 0026

Past events

Case studies in service operations management

Speakers: Dr John Dwyer, Senior Lecturer in Analysing Business Data, Roehampton Business School, University of Roehampton

Date and Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm, Monday 22 October 2018

Venue: Kingston Business School, room KHKH 1041


A multi-objective location model for offshore wind farms

Speakers: Prof. Dylan Jones, Centre for Operational Research and Logistics, Department of Mathematics, University of Portsmouth

Date and Time
: 11.00am - 1.00pm, Wednesday 11 March 2015

Venue: Kingston Business School, room KHBS 106


The future of operations management: Why it's become so important and why it will continue to be so

Speakers: Prof. Nigel Slack, Emeritus Professor of Operations Management and Strategy at Warwick University

Date and Time: 12.00pm - 2.00pm, Wednesday 27 May 2015

Venue: Kingston Business School, room KHBS 106