This is the fifth episode of Listen to the Editors, a series of interviews with journal editors to unveil the trends in research for Operations and Supply Chain Management.
In this episode we are interviewing the co-editors-in-chief for the Journal of Operations Management, Suzanne de Treville and Tyson R. Browning.
We discussed how to integrate research and practice (via design research or interventionist research). According to the editors, if a researcher joins a consulting project and everything goes well, there is no paper. However, if the researcher finds something new, a theory that does not work in the real world, and that novelty can bring insights that advance the knowledge, that paper might interest JOM.
We also discussed the reasons for the 60% of papers that are desk-rejected by JOM. Among other reasons, such as lack of fit, poor methodology, or non-empirical papers, the editors mentioned the lack of “delta”. The delta is what do you learn from the paper. The editors are working harder to provide more feedback to those authors that have papers rejected at this stage.
The editors are also looking into ways to deepen their relationship with ASCM (formerly known as APICS). They are attending the ASCM this year for the first time. They are also willing to receive research proposals for gathering data on the ASCM corporate members and responding to problems that the executives of such firms are interested in.
This is a really long interview, but we believe you might enjoy, if you want to learn where the journal is heading to.
The host for this show is Iuri Gavronski, Associate Professor for the Graduate Program in Business for the UNISINOS Jesuit University.
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Papers cited in this episode:
Example of a JOM paper based on a consulting project (Browning 2010 JOM): http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2009.11.007
Editorial on recent developments at JOM: (Browning & de Treville 2018, JOM): http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2018.12.005
Methods for JOM, general (Guide & Ketokivi 2015, JOM): http://doi.org/10.1016/S0272-6963(15)00056-X
PLS (Rönkkö et al. 2016, JOM): http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2016.05.002
Level of analysis and single informants in surveys (Ketokivi 2019, JOM): http://doi.org/10.1002/joom.1011
(Ketokivi & McIntosh 2017, JOM): http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2017.05.001
(Lu et al. 2018, JOM): http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2018.10.001
OM case study methodology:
(Handfield & Melnyk 1998, JOM): http://doi.org/10.1016/S0272-6963(02)00022-0
(Meredith 1998, JOM): http://doi.org/10.1016/S0272-6963(98)00023-0
(Stuart et al. 2002, JOM): http://doi.org/10.1016/S0272-6963(02)00022-0
(Barratt et al. 2011, JOM): http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2010.06.002
(Ketokivi & Choi 2014, JOM): http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2014.03.004
Example of single-case study (Browning 2009, JOM): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2008.03.009
Website for the Journal:
Dr. Suzanne de Treville is Full Professor of Operations Management at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne. Her research areas include: Competitive manufacturing in a high-cost environment, Supply chain management and lead time reduction, Lean production, Process consistency improvement, Health care operations, and Queuing theory-based mathematical modeling of operations.