The paper presents a brief history of the development of operations management (OM). This provides the backdrop for a content analysis of journal articles published in the Journal of Operations Management and the International Journal of Operations & Production Management between January 1990 and June 2003. MBA student survey data are then used to explore any gaps that may exist between the focus of academic research and the perceived importance of given OM subject areas to practitioners. The practical and conceptual insights highlighted are then used as the basis for a discussion of extant research priorities. The paper concludes with a preliminary conceptual framework that distinguishes between OM research seeking to consolidate operations practice and that which seeks to apply theoretical concepts into a practical context.
Slack, N., Lewis, M. and Bates, H. (2004), "The two worlds of operations management research and practice: Can they meet, should they meet?", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 372-387. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443570410524640Download as .RIS
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