The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business recently hosted the annual Journal of Operations Management (JOM) Mini-Conference. JOM is considered one of the premier academic journals for operations management.
The purpose of the conference was to bring together U.S. and international faculty in the field of operations management to discuss the goals, standards, and requirements of publishing research in JOM. It also offered the opportunity to learn about plans for future issues and to network with colleagues.
“We are proud to have facilitated a forum that will have a role in charting the future of research in operations management. We are thankful to Professor Manpreet Hora for not only organizing the conference but also allowing us to highlight the unique intellectual and entrepreneurial environment of our College,” said Karthik Ramachandran, Dunn Family Professor of Operations Management.
Scheller faculty, including D.J. Wu (department editor for Management Science (Information Systems)) and Manpreet Hora (department editor for Journal of Operations Management (Operational Systems)), participated in various panels during the conference.
Presenters included incoming co-editor-in-chief Elliot Bendoly, Distinguished Professor of Operations and Business Analytics at the Ohio State University Fisher School of Business, and co-editor-in-chief Rogelio Oliva, Robyn L. '89 and Alan B. Roberts '78 Chair in Business at the Texas A&M University Mays Business School. The two set the tone by explaining the importance of JOM, including its emphasis on empirical research conducted by researchers whose work is published in the journal.
Attendees John Paul Macduffie, professor of Management at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and Merieke Stevens, associate professor of Technology and Operations Management at Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management, and one of the editors of JOM, affirmed the importance of the conference. They discussed the reputation of JOM to researchers seeking to publish in a top-tiered journal and the opportunity for networking with fellow attendees.
The conference started with a tour of the Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech and ended with an invitation for attendees to visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.
Hora thanked the Dean's office, the OM area group, the Ph.D. students, and various administrative units for helping organize the event, which was Scheller’s first time hosting.
“In early 2023, during a casual conversation with the past editors-in-chief (EICs) of the Journal of Operations Management (JOM), I expressed interest in hosting the mini-conference at Scheller. They informed me that several schools were eager to host the event. I emphasized why the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech would be a great choice, and I'm delighted that we were given the opportunity to host it,” said Hora.