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Sustainable Operations

Mission Statement
The department invites papers based on the triple concern of 'People-Planet-Profit'. We believe that research in sustainable operations should be based on solid principles like the requirement to make a profit to be economically sustainable. However, it becomes increasingly clear that global supply chains (which include manufacturing and service activities) also need to spend attention to the well being of the people and our planet, i.e., they should strive for sustainability in a wider sense. The motivation for the formation of this department is based on the growing opportunities in this area and the obvious intersections with operations and supply chain management. Paper topics are potentially unlimited but here are a few examples:

  • Interfaces between operations management and environmental impact (industrial ecology, lifecycle analysis)
  • Product recovery and take-back issues (reverse logistics, remanufacturing, closed-loop supply chains)
  • Specific problems related to international operations (outsourcing, impact of legislation)
  • Dynamic and agile global production and supply networks
  • Lean versus robust international production and supply chains
  • Disaster logistics (disaster preparedness and response issues)
  • Production and supply chain performance management and links to bottom-line financials
  • Lifecycle approaches to design, production and supply chain management
  • Installed base management.

It is important that the topic of the submitted paper is not recognized as part of established mainstream research in other Departments yet, otherwise the paper should be submitted to the appropriate specialized Department. Authors are requested to motivate why their paper is being submitted to this "Sustainable Operations" Department.

All manuscripts submitted for review will be expected to show managerial relevance and scientific rigor. The problem studied should be firmly grounded in practice and must be motivated by issues faced by a firm or an industry. Authors are encouraged to motivate clearly and convincingly why the particular problem they study is innovative and important to both industry and academia.

The Department is open to all research methods provided the analysis in the paper shows a sound methodological base.

Departmental Editors
Professor Atalay Atasu
Georgia Institute of Technology

Professor Robert D. Klassen
University of Western Ontario

Senior Editors
Vishal Agrawal, Georgetown University
Tamer Boyaci, ESMT Berlin
Nicole Darnall, Arizona State University
Mark Ferguson, University of South Carolina
Moritz Fleischmann, University of Mannheim
Michael Galbreth, University of Tennessee
Brian Jacobs, Pepperdine University
Suresh Muthulingam, Pennsylvania State University
Gil Souza, Indiana University
Ravi Subramanian, Georgia Institute of Technology
Vedat Verter, McGill University
Yanchong (Karen) Zheng, MIT Sloan
Eda Kemahlioglu Ziya, NCSU

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