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Knowledge dissemination in operations management: Published perceptions versus academic reality


  • Meredith, Jack R.
  • Steward, Michelle D.
  • Lewis, Bruce R.


The channels for knowledge generation and dissemination in the business disciplines are many: presenting research at conferences, writing books, distributing working papers, offering insights in society newsletters, giving invited talks, publishing studies in academic journals, and many other venues, including even blogs and perhaps Facebook®. But the most important venue is probably published research in "top-level" academic journals. In the discipline of Operations Management, many studies and lists have been published that attempt to determine which of these journals are supposedly the "top" according to either citation analyses, the opinion of recognized experts, author affiliations, bibliometric studies, and other approaches. These lists may then, in turn, be used in different degrees to evaluate research. However, what really counts is what the academic institutions actually use for guidance in evaluating faculty research. Based on a new source of ranking data from AACSB-accredited schools, we compare published journal-ranking studies against that of academe to determine the degree to which the studies reflect academic "reality". We present rankings of OM journals based on this new source of data and on an aggregate of the stream of published studies, and evaluate their consistency.

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  • Meredith, Jack R. & Steward, Michelle D. & Lewis, Bruce R., 2011. "Knowledge dissemination in operations management: Published perceptions versus academic reality," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 39(4), pages 435-446, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:39:y:2011:i:4:p:435-446

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