Operations adding value to society

Kovács, G and Kuula, M and Seuring, S and Blome, Constantin (2020) Operations adding value to society. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 40 (9). pp. 1293-1300. ISSN 0144-3577

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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.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
International Journal of Operations and Production Management
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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ID Code:
175996
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Deposited On:
04 Oct 2022 13:20
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Yes
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Published
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22 Nov 2022 11:48