Product Information:-

  • Journals
  • Books
  • Case Studies
  • Regional information
Request a service from our experts.
Visit the JDAL journal page.

Collaborative Research Approaches in Operations Management

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

Deadline for the submission: 15th of September 2018

Guest Editor: Professor Kristina Säfsten,
School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Sweden,
Visiting Professor, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Sweden.

Co-guest editor:
Professor Glenn Johansson, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Sweden, 
Professor, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Sweden.

The special issue is addressing the challenge on research in applied areas to create value for both academia and practice (Karlsson, 2016). In literature, a gap between industry and academia is pointed out, and the challenge is common for scholars who work in professional schools such as engineering and operations management (OM) (van de Ven, 2007). A shift from research on the industry to doing research together with the industry is advocated (Ellström, 2007). The ambition to increase the collaboration between industry and academia in for example operations management research, has created a vast number of collaborative research approaches. Gathered under the umbrella concept collaborative research, there exist several different approaches, including collaborative management research, action research, interactive research and participatory research, among others (Aagard Nielsen & Svensson, 2006; Adler, Shani, & Styhre, 2004). Our belief is that collaborative research approaches is one way of achieving scientifically sound and practically relevant research results through co-creation of knowledge.

This special issue seeks to boost the understanding of collaborative research approaches, where researchers work with industry and external organisations to concurrently solve concrete problems and co-create generic knowledge within OM. In the issue, we will raise questions about the practical application of collaborative research approaches as well as questions about what kind of results can be produced, and its relevance for different stakeholders. We will elaborate on how collaborative research approaches has evolved, how they are applied and we also search for good examples serving as best practice. In applied fields of research, such as OM, it is crucial to achieve both scientific rigour and industrial relevance and therefore it essential to develop more knowledge on the procedures requires to achieve this.

Articles can focus on the following subtopics (but are not limited to):

  • History or emergence of specific collaborative research approaches
  • Descriptions of practical application of collaborative research approaches
  • Types of results achieved from collaborative research approaches
  • Utilisation of results in academia and industry
  • Possibility to advance in academia when working close to industry
  • Procedures required to achieve scientific rigour and industrial relevance
  • Advances in different collaborative research approaches
  • Comparison of different collaborative research approaches
  • Pros and cons of different collaborative research approaches
  • Publication strategies, potentials and pitfalls when using collaborative research approaches
  • Consequences of using collaborative research approaches
  • The future of collaborative research approaches

Articles can be conceptual but should as much as possible be backed up with empirical data. Articles will be evaluated by a team of guest editors both in terms of fit with the topic and quality. Articles will go through the usual peer-review process that is typical for JMTM.

Manuscript submission:

In preparing of manuscripts, authors are asked to carefully follow the JMTM Author Guidelines as posted on the journal website:

All articles should be submitted in English. We strongly suggest that non-native English speakers have their manuscripts proofread prior to submission. The following link provides another possibility to ensure proper English:

All papers should be submitted by November 1st 2018. Authors should ensure that the Collaborative Research Approaches Special Issue option is selected.


Aagard Nielsen, K., & Svensson, L. (2006). Action and Interactive Research. Beyond practice and theory. Maastricht: Shaker Publishing.

Adler, N., Shani, A. R., & Styhre, A. (2004). Collaborative research in organizations: Foundations for learning, change, and theoretical development: Sage.

Ellström, P.-E. (2007). Knowledge Creation Through Interactive Research: A Learning Perspective. Paper presented at the HSS, Jönköping University.

Karlsson, C. (2016). Research Methods for Operations Management: Routledge.

van de Ven, A. H. (2007). Engaged Scholarship A Guide for Organizational and Social Research. New York: Oxford University Press.