Too much theory, not enough understanding

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

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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
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Empirical research
  • Operations management
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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