IJOPM Old theories, new contexts: 38,6 extending operations management theories to projects Welcome to this Special Issue (SI) and the World of Project Operations! Operations and supply chain management (OSCM) is concerned with organizing work. This work spans a spectrum from novel to repetitive and from variety to volume. Projects are a particular kind of work – temporary and unique – that lie toward the novel and varied end of the spectrum. Organizing project work requires perspectives, approaches, methods, tools, and techniques that differ from those used in repetitive, ongoing operations. There will, however, also be areas of commonality between project-based and repetitive operations. It is these similarities and differences that will be explored here. We start with the background to this SI and then explore how scholars in the field have responded to the call for papers. Lastly, we present the eight papers comprising this SI and identify both the contributions and areas of the project-operations work landscape that remain relatively unexplored. Background Projects pervade organizations, being the prime operations process for many organizations in IT, R&D, engineering, construction, government, and innovation, and a key activity in many others (e.g. organizational change, strategy implementation, mergers acquisitions and divestments,
International Journal of Operations & Production Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 4, 2018
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