University of Calgary

Diane Bischak

  • Professor
  • Faculty [OSCM]


Operations and Supply Chain Management


Diane Bischak applies simulation and other management science tools to improve the operational aspects of health services, working closely with physicians and other health care professionals to develop solutions that use limited health resources more effectively and efficiently.

Diane is a professor in the operations and supply chain management (OSCM) area. Diane has published articles in journals including Production and Operations Management, Management Science, IIE Transactions, Journal of Quality Technology and Health Care Management Science. She was chosen to receive the Dean's Teaching Award in 2002-2003 and 2012-2013.

Diane has been a Haskayne School of Business faculty member since 1999. Prior to joining, she held faculty positions with North Carolina State University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She holds a PhD in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.

Selected publications:

S. R. Pendharkar, A.Dechant, D. P. Bischak, W. H. Tsai, A.Stevenson, and P. J. Hanly, “An observational study of the effectiveness of alternate care providers in the management of obstructive sleep apnea,” Journal of Sleep Research, 25:2, 234-240 (2016).

A. Ip, R. Asamoah-Barnieh, D. P. Bischak, W. J. Davidson, W. W.  Flemons, S. R. Pendharkar,  “Using process improvements to guide pulmonary function scheduling policies at an academic centre,” Canadian Respiratory Journal doi:10.1155/2016/5269374 (2016).

R. Hendijani, D. P. Bischak, J. Arvai, and S. Dugar, “Intrinsic motivation, external reward, and their effect on overall task motivation and performance,” Human Performance, DOI:10.1080/08959285.2016.1157595 (2016).

R. Hendijani and D. P. Bischak, “The effect of social relationships on the rate of referral to specialists,” International Journal of Operations & Production Management 36:4  (2016), 384–407.

D. P. Bischak and J. Woiceshyn, "Leadership virtues exposed:  Ethical leadership lessons from leading in rock climbing," Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies DOI: 10.1177/154805181561762 (2015).

S. R. Pendharkar, D. P. Bischak, P. Rogers, W. W. Flemons, and T. W. Noseworthy, "Using patient flow simulation to improve access at a multidisciplinary sleep centre," Journal of Sleep Research 24 (2015), 320–327.

S. R. Pendharkar, J. Woiceshyn, G.J.C. da Silveira, D. Bischak, W.W. Flemons, F.A. McAlister, W.A. Ghali, “What happens when healthcare innovations collide?” BMJ Quality and Safety (2015).

Bischak, D. P., Robb, D. J., Silver, E. A. and Blackburn, J. D. “Analysis and management of periodic review, order-up-to level inventory systems with order crossover,” Production and Operations Management 23, 762–772 (2014).


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