Interesting research is what researchers often expect to see from journal papers or conference presentations. But what is interesting research? Recently I found a paper on this issue by a well-known researchers in SCM/OR/MS, Gérard P. Cachon. His paper entitled “What Is Interesting in Operations Management?” based on his talk in MSOM conference in 2011 saying that interesting in OM is the “Unexpected”. He also presented some examples as followings.
- What Was Thought to Be Complex Is Really Simple
- What Was Thought to Be Simple Is Really Complex
- What Was Expected to Be a Small Effect Is Really a Large Effect
- What Was Thought to Be a Large Effect Is Really a Small Effect
- What Was Thought to Be a Large Effect Is Really Much Larger
- What Was Thought to Be Easy Is Really Hard
- What Was Assumed to Not Be a Problem Is Really a Problem
- What Should Improve Performance Really Harms Performance
Cloud computing and big data is expected to be the next big thing in many field. That also includes “Supply Chain Management” (SCM). The Council of Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) has just published a white paper entitled “Five Steps to a High-Performance Supply Chain“. To download this paper, just click on the picture bellows. Then fill a few information (then CSCMP get some idea who are their audience. In exchange, you can read a short but precise steps to achieve a high-performance supply chain through cloud technology.
Picture from: CSCMP
In supply chain management, one of the key objective is to be responsive to the customer needs, which can be changed anytime. This short VDO by Cranfield explains a bit about this application of SCM.
“Dr Janet Godsell speaks to John Burdett, who outlines how Tata Global Beverages is gaining practical business benefits from applying some of the theory resulting from the recent Supply Chain Responsiveness in Practice (SCRiP) research project. An exploration of volume variability and application of supply chain segmentation theory enables the business to identify where value lies, improve processes and be more responsive to demand, improving their overall competitive advantage”
Source: CranfieldSOM’s Youtube channel
Here is the list of good academic blogs on Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Economics I found worth following. Please do not hesitate to suggest me if you know other good one.
And of course, you can follow my blogs on SCM as well, just by subscribing via WordPress, Facebook Page, or Twitter. (See the bottom of the website.
- Supply Chain View from the Field
by Robert Handfield
A blog by a well-known SCM academic, all SCM students should recognise his name
“Producing graduates that are prepared to tackle supply chain management issues with analytical problem solving, practical skills and the ability to execute.”Rob Handfield is the Bank of America Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, and Consulting Editor, Journal of Operations Management. He serves as Co-Director of the SCRC along with Clyde Crider.
- The Operations Room
by Marty Lariviere, Gad Allon and Jan Van Mieghem
Kellog School of Management
“The Operations Room is a forum for discussing current topics in operations management (OM). We have no particular agenda but are looking to identify interesting strategic and tactical developments in the field. Along the way, we aim to create a catalog of articles on OM topics that is useful to both the Kellogg community and a wider set of readers.”
- Managerial Econ
by Luke Froeb, Michael Ward, Brian McCann and Mike Shor
About Economic Analysis of Business Practice, ranked as one of the top blogs by professors
- Organizations and Markets
by Nicolai J. Foss, Peter G. Klein, Richard Langlois, Lasse B. Lien
“Organizations and Markets was created in April 2006 by Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein, professors with research interests spanning organizational economics, strategic management, entrepreneurship, innovation, the economics of institutions, and the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. Foss teaches management at the Copenhagen Business School and Klein teaches economics at the University of Missouri, giving the blog an international and interdisciplinary orientation.”
- Greg Mankiw’s Blog
The author of a comprehensive and popular Economics Textbooks, also good job on blogging mostly with not too long posts. Providing general curent news on Economics, recommended for Economics students.
However, there are many professional blogs as well. Some have listed good SCM blog as follows.
Journal of Operations Management (JOM), one of the leading academic journals in OM & SCM, is calling for papers for their up-coming special issues. The followings are the message from the editors.
We are pleased to announce two special issues for the Journal of Operations Management (JOM). One proposal calls for papers that address the gap between operations strategy and organizational performance. And the other calls for papers that investigates the triadic dynamics in a supply chain involving service operations. Please respond directly to the guest editors when submitting manuscripts. Thank you.
Dan and Tom
Here are the calls for papers
1. JOM Special Issue CFP-Implementing Operations Strategy 2012
2. JOM Special Issue CfP Service Triads 2012