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International Journal of Operations & Production Management investigates opportunities, challenges and frontiers of developing and implementing strategies, systems, processes and practices in operations and supply chain management.

ISSN: 0144-3577
eISSN: 0144-3577

Aims and scope

International Journal of Operations & Production Management's (IJOPM) mission is to publish leading-edge, innovative research that has the potential to significantly advance the field of Operations and Supply Chain Management, theoretically and practically. Drawing on the experiences of both manufacturing and service industry sectors, in both private and public settings, the journal has become a widely respected resource in a complex and increasingly important field in business management.

Methodologically, IJOPM covers the full range of empirically-based modes of enquiry using appropriate research frameworks, provided they demonstrate generic insights of significant value to the management of operations and supply chain management. IJOPM does not categorically exclude certain empirical methodologies, except however purely mathematical modeling pieces. Irrespective of the mode of enquiry or methods used, the key issues are appropriateness of methodology, clarity in how the study has been carried out and rigor in the application of methods. Please note that any contribution should be explicitly contributing to theory. The journal encourages mixed methods of enquiry where appropriate and valuable in generating research insights.

Important for each submission to the journal is that there is a direct focus on operations and supply chain management topics. Even though IJOPM encourages submissions that borrow theory from adjacent disciplines (e.g. strategy, sociology, psychology), the majority of the contribution must lie within the operations and supply chain management field.

IJOPM articles can include:

  • Empirical research articles
  • Literature reviews, surveys and critiques of published articles
  • Expert opinion papers – these will always be led by outstanding scholars.
  • Occasional purely conceptual research – this is often a challenge for academics and the quality of content must be on par with other published articles in IJOPM in terms of rigour and potential
  • Occasional panel contributions – these are similar to panel sessions at the annual conferences of EurOMA on general importance and interest. Examples could include articles about the development of the operations and supply chain management field, research approaches, developments in pedagogy, emerging issues, and analysis of historical publication patterns.
  • Occasional notes section, which could be used for: 
    • Methodological papers that are of interest 
    • Discipline exploratory papers
    • Early research (short papers, small sample sizes, preliminary results).

The scope of the journal covers all aspects of operations and supply chain management: manufacturing and service sectors, profit and not-for-profit organizations, including, but not limited to, the topics listed below.

  • Sustainable Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Lean Management, Quality Management & Operations Excellence
  • Innovation & New Product Development
  • Operations & Supply Chain Strategy
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing 
  • Global Operations & Supply Chains
  • Service Operations
  • Big Data & New Technologies
  • Behavioural Operations Management
  • Risk Management and Resilience
  • Performance Measurement contribution to operations and supply chain management.

Key benefits

The international editorial team insists that material published in the journal is of value to the practising manager as well as the academic community. The journal's content is relevant to current needs, offering specific guidance and problem-solving in key areas. 

This journal is aligned with our responsible management goal

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of contributing to a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working.

SDG 2 Zero hunger
SDG 8 Decent work & economic growth
SDG 9 Industry, innovation & infrastructure
SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 Sustainable cities & communities
SDG 12 Responsible consumption & production
SDG 13 Climate action
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