Operations adding value to society

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Kovacs , G , Kuula , M , Seuring , S & Blome , C 2020 , ' Operations adding value to society ' , International Journal of Operations & Production Management , vol. 40 , no. 9 , pp. 1293-1300 . https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-09-2020-832

Title: Operations adding value to society
Author: Kovacs, Gyöngyi; Kuula, Markku; Seuring, Stefan; Blome, Constantin
Contributor: Hanken School of Economics, Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Helsinki
Belongs to series: International Journal of Operations & Production Management
ISSN: 0144-3577
Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this article is to discuss the role of operations management in society. The article detects trends, raises critical questions to operations management research and articulates a research agenda to increase the value of such research in addressing societal problems. Design/methodology/approach This paper evaluates the papers presented at the EurOMA 2019 conference to detect trends and discuss the contributions of operations management research to society. It further goes to identify gaps in the research agenda. Findings The article finds several important streams of research in operations management: sustainable operations and supply chains, health care and humanitarian operations, innovation, digitalisation and 4.0, risk and resilience. It highlights new trends such as circular economy research and problematises when to stop implementing innovation and how to address and report their potential failure. Importantly, it shows how it is not just a question of offshoring vs reshoring but of constant change in manufacturing that operations management addresses. Originality/value The article highlights not just novel research areas but also gaps in the research agenda where operations management seeks to add value to society.
Date: 2020-12-01
Subject: 512 Business and Management
operations management
supply chain management
2 - Hybrid open access publication channel
1 - Self archived
1- Minst en av författarna har en utländsk affiliation
1- Publicerad utomlands
0- Ingen affiliation med ett företag
AoHP: Humanitarian and societal logistics
SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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