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Listen to the Editors, ep.6: Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM)

  • 1.  Listen to the Editors, ep.6: Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM)

    Posted 07-01-2019 14:20
    This is the sixth episode of Listen to the Editors, a series of interviews with journal editors to unveil the trends in research for Operations and Supply Chain Management.

    In this episode we are interviewing the editor-in-chief for the Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Christopher S. Tang. He served as the editor-in-chief since 2015 and his tenure ends in December 2020, as required by INFORMS, the sponsor of the journal.

    The MSOM journal exists since 1999 and is listed in the prestigious list FT50 since 2016. It received 500 submissions in 2018, with 13-14% acceptance rate. Dr. Tang attempted to make the editorial board more inclusive, in terms of gender, research methods, geographic location, and affiliation. Around 10-12% are desk-rejected, but the reasons vary, because department editors handle the majority of the papers. The papers were downloaded 26,000 times in 2018. We don't have data on the global reach of the journal.

    We discussed the editorial process. Dr. Tang implemented what he calls the 2+2+2 criteria: two reviewers, two rounds, two opportunities to resubmit. We had an overview of the Best Paper Award. We also talked about Practice-Based Research Competition, an unique approach to problem solving.

    The journal has currently two open calls for papers for Special Issues: Smart Operations, Smart Cities, due October 1, 2019, and Operations and Fintech, due September 1, 2020.

    The host for this show is Iuri Gavronski, Associate Professor for the Graduate Program in Business for the UNISINOS Jesuit University.

    Listen to the editors is an initiative of the Operations and Supply Chain Management division of the Academy of Management. We post our interviews monthly in our division website. You can discuss any of the topics of this episode using our interactive tool,

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    Christopher S. Tang
    Frequency: Quarterly
    ISSN: 1523-4614 (Print)
    ISSN: 1526-5498 (Online)
    2017 Impact Factor: 1.795
    5-year Impact Factor: 2.867

    Editor Bio:

    Dr. Christopher S. Tang is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds the Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration.

    His early research focused on mainstream operations management problems, such as production planning and control, inventory models with yield uncertainties, design and control of flexible manufacturing lines, and capacity configuration problems. Tang expanded his interest and research, working with marketing researchers on production planning and promotion, joint pricing and production decision-making, and advanced booking. He continued his integration with retailing in the exploration of joint operations decisions and assortment planning, consumer shopping behaviors and product pricing.

    His research now spans different areas that include global supply chain management, retail operations and social business operations. His current interest focuses on social innovation for developing countries, looking at ways that companies can operate in the environment, doing good and doing well at the same time - "where corporate responsibility, social justice, and environmental stewardship can go hand in hand."


    I would like to thank my research assistant, Luiz Paulo R.C. Barcellos, for his help in editing the interview. All the glitches in the recording and in the final version of the audio file, though, are my responsibility.

    Background music:
    "Night & Day" by Dee Yan-Key is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA

    2019-06-30 - Episode 006

    Iuri Gavronski
    Associate Professor
    UNISINOS Jesuit University