Too much theory, not enough understanding

Roger W. Schmenner, Luk Van Wassenhove, Mikko Ketokivi, Jeff Heyl, Robert F Lusch

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Abstract

This essay and the following commentaries address the use of theory in operations management. While much is said about theory in the typical journal article, theory, as science defines it, is not at the center of much of our research. The discipline had fallen into some bad habits. This essay and its commentaries appeal for more attention to what theory can mean for our understanding of operations management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-343
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Operations Management
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

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Keywords

  • Empirical research
  • Operations management
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Strategy and Management

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Schmenner, R. W., Wassenhove, L. V., Ketokivi, M., Heyl, J., & Lusch, R. F. (2009). Too much theory, not enough understanding. Journal of Operations Management, 27(5), 339-343. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2009.07.004

Too much theory, not enough understanding. / Schmenner, Roger W.; Wassenhove, Luk Van; Ketokivi, Mikko; Heyl, Jeff; Lusch, Robert F.

In: Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 27, No. 5, 10.2009, p. 339-343.

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Schmenner, RW, Wassenhove, LV, Ketokivi, M, Heyl, J & Lusch, RF 2009, 'Too much theory, not enough understanding', Journal of Operations Management, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 339-343. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2009.07.004
Schmenner, Roger W. ; Wassenhove, Luk Van ; Ketokivi, Mikko ; Heyl, Jeff ; Lusch, Robert F. / Too much theory, not enough understanding. In: Journal of Operations Management. 2009 ; Vol. 27, No. 5. pp. 339-343.
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