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How to do a Systematic Literature Review

Here are some useful guides and references

Denyer, D. and Tranfield, D. (2009), “Producing a systematic review”, Ch. 39, in Buchanan, D. and Bryman, A. (Eds), The Sage Handbook of Organizational Research Methods, Sage Publications Ltd, London, pp. 671-89. (Link) (Link2)

Rousseau, D.M., Manning, J. and Denyer, D. (2008), “Evidence in management and organizational science: assembling the field’s full weight of scientific knowledge through syntheses”, The Academy of Management Annals, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 475-515. (Link)

Smithey, I. (2012), “The craft of writing theory articles: variety and similarity in AMR”, Academy of Management Review, Vol. 37 No. 3, 327-31. (Link)

What is interesting research?

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.

  1. What Was Thought to Be Complex Is Really Simple
  2. What Was Thought to Be Simple Is Really Complex
  3. What Was Expected to Be a Small Effect Is Really a Large Effect
  4. What Was Thought to Be a Large Effect Is Really a Small Effect
  5. What Was Thought to Be a Large Effect Is Really Much Larger
  6. What Was Thought to Be Easy Is Really Hard
  7. What Was Assumed to Not Be a Problem Is Really a Problem
  8. What Should Improve Performance Really Harms Performance

Bibliography or References

What is the difference between bibliography and references (list)?

My short answer is as follows:

Bibliography is the list of ALL DOCUMENTS you consulted for writing the essay/paper/dissertation or thesis.

However, you may only cited some of all documents you read/consulted. These cited documents are in your References.

Source: Australian National University (ANU) – Academic Skills & Learning Centre, Division of Student Services.

Academic and technical writing techniques

Here are some good suggestions on academic and technical writing.

  1. Mathematical Writing [pdf]
    by Donald E. Knuth, Tracy Larrabee, and Paul M. Roberts
  2. Preparing for the dissertation and the dissertation process [pdf]
    by Maria Carlson
  3. Common writing mistakes that I hate[pdf]
    by Frank E. Ritter
  4. Guidelines on writing a good paper  [pdf]
    by James R. Wilson
  5. Common errors in technical writing [html]
    by John Owens
  6. How to Publish in Top Journals [html]
    E. Kwan Choi
  7. The young economist’s guide to professional etiquette [pdf]
    Daniel Hamermesh
  8. This Is Not An Article [pdf]
    Carsten Sorensen

My Course Wish List at CMSE next year

Here is the list  of courses I wish to teach next year at Chiang Mai School of Economics, not so sure about the demand there!

Undergraduate (B.Econ.)

Curriculum (pdf) 

  1. ECON 304: Economics Statistics  with an applications in R)
  2. ECON 415: Efficiencies and Productivity Measurement of Industries (Focus on Supply Chain Performance Measurement)
  3. ECON 320: International Business Economics (Focus on Supply Chain Economics for AEC analysis)


  • ECON 444: Urban Economics  (Focus on City Logistics in Chiang Mai and other Lanna provinces)
  • ECON 442: Regional Economics (Focus on AEC and GMS)
  • ECON 417: Managerial Economics (Focus on Logistics and Supply Chain Economics)
  • ECON 345: Transportation Economics
  • ECON 408: Research Design in Economics
  • ECON 419: Economic Theory and Entrepreneurship
  • ECON 443: Industrial Economics
  • ECON 4xx: Introduction to Economics of Logistics and Supply Chains (Pre: ECON 301 and Intro. to Business 703103)
  • ECON 4xx: Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling for Economics (Pre: ECON 304) (with R)


Master (M.Econ.)

  1. ECON 729: Applied Logistics and Supply Chain Economics (Selected Topic in Economic Theory)
  2. ECON 719: Applied  Structural Equation Modeling in Economics (Selected Topics in Quantitative Economics) (with R)


  1. ECON 829: Advanced Logistics and Supply Chain Economics (Selected Topic in General Economic & Theory)
  2. ECON 819: Advanced  Structural Equation Modeling in Economics (Selected Topics in Advanced Econometrics) (with R)
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