Mission Statement
The department invites papers that specifically address topics in which operations management can be applied to large societal issues of our times. We welcome all types of research methodologies (empirical, analytical, behavioral). The paper could address issues from the perspective of an individual, for-profit firms, the government or other social planners, however, the key results should highlight the implications for the society at large. We are also interested in work that expands the traditional boundaries of operations management about externalities and equity implications of technology usage and other practices. All manuscripts submitted for review will be expected to show relevance and scientific rigor. The problem studied should be firmly grounded in practice and must be motivated by societal issues including topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Agricultural Production, Subsidies and Distribution
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Counterfeiting
  • Child Labor and Trafficking
  • Education
  • Water, Power and Sanitation
  • Smart City Operations
  • Artificial Intelligence in Operations
  • Human-Machine Collaborations
  • Global Warming
  • Green Energy Operations
  • Healthcare Operations and Policies
  • Gig Economy Workforce


Department Editor


Professor Jayashankar M. SwaminathanProfessor Jayashankar M. Swaminathan,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill




Senior Editors

Hamsa Bastani, University of Pennsylvania
Gemma Berenguer, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain
Soo-Haeng Cho, Carnegie Mellon University
Tinglong Dai, Johns Hopkins University
Sarang Deo, Indian School of Business
Gokce Esenduran, Purdue University
Susan Lu, Purdue University
Sriram Narayanan, Michigan State University
Soroush Saghafian, Harvard University
Nur Sunar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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