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Applications of Empirical Science in Manufacturing and Service Operations

  • Aleda V. Roth

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    (Department of Management, College of Business and Behavioral Science, 343A Sirrine Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina 29634)

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    This paper sets the stage for the special issue on the application of empirical science in operations management (OM). It highlights the contributions that empirical science can make to operations management research and practice. In particular, the role of theory building and testing as a motivation for OM empirical research is emphasized. The paper provides a brief history of the empirical tradition in OM and the scholars who were the early pioneers. The paper also gives a brief overview of the most widely used approaches to empirical research and concludes with a summary of the papers that are included in this volume.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.

    Volume (Year): 9 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 353-367

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormsom:v:9:y:2007:i:4:p:353-367
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    1. Heckman, James, 2013. "Sample selection bias as a specification error," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 31(3), pages 129-137.
    2. J. Myles Shaver, 1998. "Accounting for Endogeneity When Assessing Strategy Performance: Does Entry Mode Choice Affect FDI Survival?," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 44(4), pages 571-585, April.
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    4. Sunil Chopra & William Lovejoy & Candace Yano, 2004. "Five Decades of Operations Management and the Prospects Ahead," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 50(1), pages 8-14, January.
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