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[2015-07-03]How to publish paper on top journal in Operations Management area

主   办:工业工程与管理系
报告人:Professor Youhua (Frank) Chen
时   间:7月3日(周五)上午10:30
地   点:方正大厦512会议室
主持人:宋洁 特聘研究员


In this talk, I will focus on my view of the essential characteristics of interesting research in general and particularly in operations management.

I will first discuss the topic of “What is interesting research?” We all want to write, and editors should only want to publish interesting research. And we all (hopefully) think our own research is interesting. But what will others find interesting too? Interesting means unexpected! In recent years there have seen many papers try to address seemingly simple questions with non-intuitive answers. Apparently, there is a perception that publishable OM papers must contain surprising results, but it is "beauty in the eye of the beholder."  I wonder whether "unexpected" results are truly that "unexpected."

The second topic is what is meaningful knowledge in OM? The mission of academia is to create knowledge (via research) and to disseminate knowledge (via teaching and practice (e.g., consulting)).  The OM academic community needs to think about creating a body of knowledge (innovative and/or practical OM ideas) that is either testable, verifiable, applicable, or extendable. I will also demonstrate some exemplars of interesting and meaningful researches including my work of “Coordinating Inventory Control and Pricing Strategies Under Batch Ordering” which published in Operations Research recently.



Youhua (Frank) Chen [陳友華] is Professor of Management Sciences at City University of Hong Kong. He holds a bachelor degree in Engineering, master degree in Economics, and doctoral degree in Management from Tsinghua University (Beijing), the University of Waterloo, and the University of Toronto, respectively. After finishing his PhD, he went to Northwestern University as a post-doc fellow (9/1996-6/1997). Prior to joining City University of Hong Kong, Prof. Chen was on the faculty of NUS Business School, National University of Singapore (7/1997-6/2001) and the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2001-2012), respectively. Courses which Prof. Chen taught in NUS include Operations Management and Supply Chain Management, at both undergraduate and MBA levels. He was also actively involved in executive teaching (EDP and EMBA). At CUHK, he taught Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and served as the deputy director and director for the Executive Master of Science Program (EMSc) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, a joint program with Tsinghua University (Shenzhen). Prof. Chen has also been involved in consulting projects in the area of supply chain management and logistics. His current research projects span from logistics/supply chains, weather risk management to healthcare operations management.