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|Title:||Operations management research: contemporary themes, trends and potential future directions|
|Author(s):||Andrew Taylor, (Bradford University School of Management, Bradford, UK), Margaret Taylor, (Bradford University School of Management, Bradford, UK)|
|Citation:||Andrew Taylor, Margaret Taylor, (2009) "Operations management research: contemporary themes, trends and potential future directions", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 29 Iss: 12, pp.1316 - 1340|
|Keywords:||Bibliographies, Information management, Information research, Operations management, Serials|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/01443570911006018 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The authors would like to express sincere thanks to Professors Jack Meredith and Roger Schmenner for their comments and suggestions for improving previous versions of this paper and especially for the speed of their responses.|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify the contemporary research themes published in
Design/methodology/approach – All 310 articles published in
Findings – The paper reports the main research themes and research methods inherent in the 310 published papers. Statistics on the countries represented by these papers and the size and international composition of author teams are provided, together with the publication success rates of the countries that submit in the highest volumes, and the success rates associated with the size of the author team. Finally, data on the reasons for rejection of manuscripts are presented.
Research limitations/implications – There is some residual inaccuracy in content analysis methods, whereby, in extracting research themes there is often more than one topic covered. In the same vein, as regards categorisation of the causes of rejection of manuscripts during the review process, there is frequently more than one reason for rejection, so perhaps a weighted scoring system would have been more insightful. In determining the country of origin of papers, while the country of the corresponding author is used, it should be recognised that some studies originate from international collaborations so that this method may give a slightly distorted picture. Finally, in computing publication success rates by comparison of submissions and published papers there is a time delay between the two data sets within any defined period of analysis.
Practical implications – The analysis adds generally to debates about contemporary research themes; in particular it extends the work of Pilkington and Fitzgerald, which analyses all articles solely in
Originality/value – This paper represents an inside view of the publication process from a leading OM journal; this kind of insight is rarely available in the public domain.
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