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Special issue on Teaching operations and supply management

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Operations & Production Management

Call for papers deadline: 30 September 2010

The last quarter-century has seen huge shifts in the practice and theory of operations management - world-class concepts, Japanese and Chinese competition, internet and corporate social responsibility, to name a few. In parallel, the university context has also experienced significant change, including increased student diversity and the continuing shift towards the ``the student as customer'' perspective. Despite this, operations management education has been slow to respond.

In the mid-1990s, Davis and Botkin noted that, despite some upgrading of course materials and class offerings, the 1960s "product" remained recognizable in many business courses. Recent research from Ulrich (2005) supports this view, stating that there is "little evidence that curricula and pedagogy have changed over time" (p. 269). More apocryphally, leading scholar Henry Mintzberg has derided the state of business education, declaring that new MBA graduates should have "Not fit to manage" stamped on their foreheads (Mintzberg, 2004).

The purpose of the special issue is to champion innovative approaches to teaching operations management, and to bring insights and new ideas to a wider audience. In doing so, we aim to stimulate operations educators around the world to re-evaluate their own approaches and draw lessons from the special issue. We invite both conceptual and empirical articles examining topics related to education in operations management. These may include, but are not limited to, experiential approaches, simulations, workshop games; assessments of the role of technology in education; methods of re-invigorating the traditional lecture format; coping with increased student diversity, and delivering education to different types of students (for instance, undergraduate versus post-experience students).

Author guidelines

Manuscripts should not exceed 5,000 words (note, this is shorter than the usual 8,000 word limit for IJOPM) and authors should follow the standard IJOPM guidelines, which can be found at:

All contributions will be subject to a double-blind review process.

When submitting, the authors should note that they must include a separate title page including their names and affiliations. Any references in the main article that reveal the identity of the authors should be removed.

Guidelines for authors, sample articles and other relevant information are available at:

Submission guidelines

All submissions should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, following the guidelines below.

Registering on ScholarOne Manuscripts
To submit your paper online you must create an author account:

  • Log on to:
  • Click on the "create account" link at the top right of the screen
  • Follow the on-screen instructions, filling in the requested details before proceeding
  • Your username will be your e-mail address and you have to input a password of at least eight characters in length and containing two or more numbers
  • Click "Finish" and your account has been created.

Submitting an article on ScholarOne Manuscripts

  • Once registered, go to: with your username and password. This will take you through to the Welcome page. (To consult the Author Guidelines for this journal, click on the Home Page link in the Resources column on the log-in page)
  • Click on the Author Centre button
  • Follow the "Click here to submit a new manuscript'' link, which will take you through to the Manuscript Submission page
  • Complete all fields and browse to upload your article to the "Teaching Operations'' special issue
  • You must upload a minimum of two files - your article file (with no author details) and a separate title page (with all author contact details)
  • When all required sections are completed, preview your .pdf proof
  • Submit your manuscript.

Guidance can be found on the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre:

If you are unable to find the answer for which you are looking, please e-mail: [email protected] for assistance.

When your paper has been successfully submitted, you will receive an e-mail indicating that your paper has been received together with its unique identity number. If you experience any problems, please e-mail: [email protected] quoting the journal to which you are submitting and your article title.

Guest Editors

Dr Alistair Brandon-Jones, University of Bath, School of Management
E-mail: [email protected]

Professor Nigel Slack, Warwick Business School

Dr Niall Piercy, University of Bath, School of Management
E-mail: [email protected]

Submission deadline

Full paper submissions due 30 September 2010