Assessing the Exchange of Knowledge between Operations Management and other Fields: Some Challenges and Opportunities

Jack R. Meredith, Alan Pilkington

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Addressing a suspicion that the field of Operations Management (OM) draws substantially more knowledge from non-OM journals than those journals draw from OM journals in return, we studied the citations of the top 30 research journals of interest to our field. We conducted citation analyses of the three oldest OM journals over three decades in comparison to the 27 other journals representing the fields of Management, Operations Research/Management Science (OR/MS), Marketing, Practice, and Engineering. We examined both the entire 30-year period and then each decade separately. Our suspicions were confirmed—although citations from these 27 journals to these three OM journals have increased by a factor of 7 over the three decades, we in OM still cite these journals about twenty-five times more often than they cite our journals, giving an indication of the knowledge development and flows among these fields. We then describe some challenges for the field of OM in providing more research knowledge to other fields but also some opportunities that OM should be able to capitalize on, such as our historic ties to practice and our escalating research in strategic and organizational issues.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Operations Management
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - May 2018
Externally publishedYes


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  • Knowledge exchange
  • Citations
  • Networks
  • Source journals

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