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Special Issue of Production and Operations Management on Operations Management in Business-to-Business Markets: Practice and Research

Guest Editors: Wedad J. Elmaghraby and Christopher S. Tang

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2007:

It is evident that the digital economy has created many new business opportunities in the Business-to-Business (B2B) Markets. However, it remains unclear if the underlying operations have changed fundamentally in the B2B Markets. Many have wondered whether the B2B Markets have created new research opportunities in Operations Management (OM), while others have questioned if OM research affects the way B2B Markets operate in practice. The objective of this special issue is two-fold: (1) to gain a deeper understanding about current industry practice and theoretical research in B2B Markets; and (2) to identify and bridge the gap between industry practice and academic research in B2B Markets.

This special issue on Operations Management in Business-to-Business Markets: Practice and Research seeks to publish a set of papers that help promote interactions and collaborations between practitioners and researchers in the areas of B2B markets In particular, we seek papers that include, but are not limited to, qualitative accounts and/or empirical studies of actual practice and surveys of the literature that highlight the gap between theory and practice and outline future trends. Papers that are the joint work of practitioners and academics are particularly encouraged.

Appropriate topics include but are not limited to:
• Pricing and Auctions in B2B Markets
• Supply Contracts in B2B Markets
• Cooperation/Collaboration Issues in B2B Markets
• Research and Product Development in B2B Markets
• Procurement Strategies in B2B Markets
• Design and Management of Supply/Service Chains in B2B Markets

Review Process: Submitted articles will be reviewed by the guest editors, associate editors, and referees. Decisions regarding acceptance of articles will be made within 2 review cycles, where each review cycle will be within 4 months.

Deadline for submission:
Please prepare an electronic copy of the article in PDF format that conforms to the POM format and submit the file to either guest editor of the special issue by December 31, 2007:

Wedad J. Elmaghraby
Decision and Information Technologies
R. H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland

Christopher S. Tang
Carter Professor of Business Administration
UCLA Anderson School
University of California, Los Angeles

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