Operations adding value to society

Gyöngyi Kovács, Markku Kuula, Stefan Seuring, Constantin Blome

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to discuss the role of operations management in society. The article detects trends, raises critical questions to operations management research and articulates a research agenda to increase the value of such research in addressing societal problems.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper evaluates the papers presented at the EurOMA 2019 conference to detect trends and discuss the contributions of operations management research to society. It further goes to identify gaps in the research agenda.

Findings

The article finds several important streams of research in operations management: sustainable operations and supply chains, health care and humanitarian operations, innovation, digitalisation and 4.0, risk and resilience. It highlights new trends such as circular economy research and problematises when to stop implementing innovation and how to address and report their potential failure. Importantly, it shows how it is not just a question of offshoring vs reshoring but of constant change in manufacturing that operations management addresses.
Originality/value

The article highlights not just novel research areas but also gaps in the research agenda where operations management seeks to add value to society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1293-1299
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Operations And Production Management
Volume40
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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