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Literature Reviews on Benchmarking and Operations Management: Theory Building and Innovative Research Frameworks

Special issue call for papers from Benchmarking

*Indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index and Scopus*

Guest Editor:
Dr. Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, Associate Professor, Montpellier Business School, France
([email protected])
Dr. Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour, Associate Professor, Montpellier Business School, France
([email protected]
Submission deadline: December 31, 2018

Systematic reviews of the state-of-the-art literature are key-components of scientific progress. This is because systematic literature reviews can pave the way for theory development, can be relevant for identifying knowledge gaps, and can be vital for flourishing original research frameworks (Webster & Watson, 2002). This kind of review – systematic and integrative – is a particular form of ‘research that reviews, critiques, and synthesizes representative literature on a topic in an integrated way such that new frameworks and perspectives on the topic are generated’ (Torraco, 2005, p.356).
This special issue will not accept bibliometric reviews. On the other hand, systematic reviews containing the following characteristics are welcome:

1.    The review should have a methodology section
2.    The content of the reviewed articles should be analyzed in depth, and, ideally, organized by different identified conceptual angles/theoretical streams
3.    A research agenda for future studies should be included in the review. The research agenda should encapsulate research questions for future studies
4.    The work is concluded by proposing an original theoretical framework which will be further tested by empirical researchers
5.    The literature reviews should be inspired by classic works in the field, such as Webster & Watson (2002); Torraco (2005); Tranfield (2003); Seuring & Gold (2012); Seuring & Müller (2008); and Gunasekaran & Ngai (2012).

All submitted papers should address issues related to the theme of the special and also fall within the scope of Benchmarking: An International Journal. This special issue will focus on publishing original research papers addressing the theme of the special issue. Bibliometric reviews, qualitative articles and quantitative articles are not in the scope of this special issue.
Submission guidelines
In preparing manuscripts, authors are asked to follow the Author Guidelines available on the journal homepage at

To submit your paper online you must first create an author account at then follow the on-screen guidance which takes you through the submission process. If you have any queries about the submission process, please contact the journal’s Publisher, Claire Jackson, at [email protected].

Submission deadline: December 31st, 2018


Gunasekaran, A., & Ngai, E. W. (2012). The future of operations management: an outlook and analysis. International Journal of Production Economics, 135(2), 687-701Seuring, S., & Gold, S. (2012). Conducting content-analysis based literature reviews in supply chain management. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 17(5), 544-555.
Seuring, S., & Müller, M. (2008). From a literature review to a conceptual framework for sustainable supply chain management. Journal of Cleaner Production, 16(15), 1699-1710.
Torraco, R. J. (2005). Writing integrative literature reviews: Guidelines and examples. Human Resource Development Review, 4(3), 356-367.
Tranfield, D., Denyer, D. & Smart, P. (2003). Towards a methodology for developing evidence-informed management knowledge by means of systematic review. British Journal of Management, Vol. 14, pp.207-22.
Webster, J., & Watson, R. T. (2002). Analyzing the past to prepare for the future: Writing a literature review. MIS Quarterly, xiii-xxiii.