The History of Thought in Operations Management: A European Perspective

Christer Karlsson, Pär Åhlström

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The aim of this paper is to create a European perspective on the history of thought in operations management and to analyze driving and determining factors shaping different schools of thought. An attempt to describe the European contributions to operations management’s history of thought will by necessity be heavily influenced by the authors of the description. Even if the description can be based on facts, in the form of publications, individuals, and organizations, there is a need to interpret and reflect on the facts. The view presented here is produced by a researcher holding a professorship in Industrial production and with a background in executive development and consulting, together with his research assistant holding a Ph.D. with special studies of production system change and implementation. Part of the database is, however, distinct and real and has not really been accessed by anyone else. The database consists of twelve years of experience of assessing thousands of abstracts and manuscripts from all over Europe submitted to the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM).
Original languageEnglish
Publication date1998
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 9th Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society. POMS 1998 - Santa Fe, United States
Duration: 28 Mar 199831 Mar 1998
Conference number: 9


ConferenceThe 9th Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society. POMS 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Fe
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