Category Archives: Operations management

Now: POMS 2013

POMS is another one of this incredibly huge conferences where you need to be lucky – or plan it well – to actually meet people outside of the main track you are attending. The quality overall is impressive, pity that most presentations are based on abstracts only.

Different from many other conferences is all the career advice – there are lots of teaching-related tracks, actual career advice tracks, and probably best, there was even a one for women in operations management on how to manage life and career together. More of these, please! (Luckily, also INFORMS has a similar community already, though I am not too convinced of the name “WORMS“.)

If there is anything to complain about, it’s the scam with the mini-conferences that everyone thinks they paid for but are then asked to pay for even more. Apparently even the organisers of these were ripped off! It’s not as if the conference hadn’t been pricy already without that… and the catering is, well:


Impressions from the Olympus conference

This is a Greek + diaspora conference mostly but with the with to expand. Topics were certainly universal, ranging from transport infrastructure to city logistics, reverse logistics, to greening the agri-food supply chain. All coming with a reference to the current economic crisis, though – including articles that investigate the impact of the economic crisis on various aspects of the supply chain. Way beyond Greece, this is sthg we may all want to learn about.


2011 impact factors in SCM

Just when I wrote that we are in suspense with the rankings the new ISI impact factors came out. Here’s the verdict for a variety of journals – again, this is a selected few related to logistics, operations management, supply chain management, transportation, you name it – the stuff we write about on this blog. In alphabetical order, with the 5-year in brackets:

Computers and Operations Research: 1.720 (1.984)
Decision Science: 1.359 (3.146)
European Journal of Operations Research: 1.815 (2.277)
Interfaces: 0.843 (1.048)
International Journal of Logistics Management: 0.841
International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications: 0.357
International Journal of Operations and Production Management: 1.127 (1.993)
International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management: 1.038
International Journal of Production Economics: 1.720 (2.384)
International Journal of Production Research: 1.115 (1.367)
Journal of Business Logistics: 2.352
Journal of Operations Management: 4.382 (6.012)
Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management: 1.061
Journal of Supply Chain Management: 2.650
Journal of Transport Geography: 2.538 (2.973)
Management Science: 1.733 (3.304)
Omega: 3.338 (3.622)
Operations Research Letters: 0.537 (0.821)
Production and Operations Management: 1.301 (2.259)
Supply Chain Management: An International Journal: 1.535 (2.404)
Transport Policy: 1.719
Transportation Research Part A: 2.354 (2.705)
Transportation Research Part B: 2.856 (3.393)
Transportation Research Part C: 1.957 (2.284)
Transportation Research Part D: 1.659 (1.777)
Transportation Research Part E: 1.648 (2.126)
Transportation Research Part F: 1.989
Transportation Research Record: 0.471 (0.608)
Transportation Science: 1.507 (2.107)
Transportation: 1.023 (2.074)

Overall, some ups and downs, and some new journals (e.g. IJLM) in the ranking.


Rankings in suspense

We are all a bit in suspense – the Web of Science already shows you how many times a journal was cited in IJLM but it doesn’t yet show IJLM’s own rating. Hm.

In the meantime national rankings are moving forward. Handelsblatt is about to publish its 2012 ranking – if this list stands till Sep this would come with significant improvements for ops mgmt, SCM and logistics journals, so this is good news for our German colleagues. “Julkaisufoorumi” (the Finnish Publication Forum Project) is also just about to revise its ranking, they just heard all universities comments. Stay tuned for the verdicts…


Now: Theories and Research in Logistics and SCM

No, this is not to add to the theories debate, though the doctoral course we are running right now in Turku may do that. There is an astonishing variety of topics among the participants, anything from public procurement to lean manufacturing to assessing logistics costs on the national level to environmental issues in food supply chains… And yet they all face the same challenges:

– What is theory?
– Which one to select for my thesis?
– How to contribute to it?

With the help of Árni Halldórsson (from this blog) and Craig Carter, the course may shed light on some of these questions – though I ask myself if wondering about them isn’t a perpetual quest in (SCM) research.


Humanitarian logistics articles and other resources

Still some years ago, humanitarian logistics was seen as a novel and trendy field – at least in research. In practice, it is a bit more of business as unusual, agile, flexible, responsive, you name it, but still logistics.

Over time, the research buzz has stabilised a bit with dedicated conference, conference tracks, masters and doctoral programmes, and through the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management (JHLSCM). Already prior to that there have been a lot of special issues in different journals (over 10 of these since 2007). Here’s a bit of help for those just starting out in this area:

Peter Tatham’s bibliography (which is quite frequently updated), and
Emerald’s ListAssist (compiled and also categorised according to different topics by Ira Haavisto)

Plus a list of special issues apart from JHLSCM:

IJPDLM: Vol.39 No.5/6/7 and Vol.40 No.8/9
TRE: Vol.43 No.6
IJSTM: Vol.12 No.4
IJRAM: Vol.13 No.1 – and with a current CFP on the topic
MRN: Vol.32 No.11
IJPE: Vol.126 No.1 – plus articles for another one can be found in the “articles in press” section
– and other journals such as Omega and POM have special issues in their pipeline.

There are some books as well, many of which have been noted on this blog previously. No need to reinvent the wheel, rather, push the envelope🙂

That said, one cannot stress it enough that beyond looking at all the publications, humanitarian logistics research also needs to be relevant for practice. And to close the loop between practice and research, here’s a CFP for research on humanitarian logistics education and training.


Now: DSI

DSI 2011 comes with insights to the state of the art research in logistics, humanitarian logistics (even as a keynote), green SCM, and sports stats – just how to share the blame, and more interestingly, how to attribute performance shares. There is a nice young talent showcase track, though there seems to be a lack of young talent overall, at least if one considers the relatively few applicants to lots of jobs that were interviewed for at the conference.

A take-away is a call for multi-disciplinary and multi-method research, though multi-disciplinary stands for the good old OR+marketing, and multi-method for anything empirical that feeds into a model. Funny we are still trying to bridge the gaps between all sorts of different streams that feed into SCM research, seemingly not successfully.