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Interface Between POM and Other Areas

POM-Accounting Interface

The department seeks papers that improve our understanding of how operations management impacts and is impacted by accounting institutions and practices. Topics of interest include but are not limited to financial reporting, incentive design, information sharing, internal controls, inventory management, organizational structure, outsourcing, performance measurement, supply chain contracting, taxation, transfer pricing, etc. The department is inter-disciplinary, broad based, and open to submissions utilizing a variety of methodologies (e.g., analytical, experimental, empirical, and survey). Contributors from any field (e.g., accounting, economics, marketing, psychology, operations) are encouraged to submit papers that can foster conversations between researchers and practitioners in accounting and operations.

POM-Finance Interface

This department focuses on the interaction of POM both with the internal financial functions of the firm and with external financial markets. The department seeks papers that illuminate the relationships and dependencies between POM and finance and that in particular highlight the ways in which consideration of the interfacing area affects decision making, resource allocation, and behavior. Example topics include the impact of capital constraints on production and expansion decisions, the roles of operational flexibility and financial contracts in reducing cash flow volatility, the impact of financial distress, taxes, debt, and equity market activity on financial structure and operational decisions, the role of financial and operational actions in resolving issues of information asymmetry and control, the analysis of policies that directly and indirectly affect both operational and financial activity, and the development of novel real options methodology and creative applications thereof, including, but not limited to, the commodity, energy, and high technology industries. The department also welcomes papers that address any other topic in the general scope of the journal in which both operations and finance play significant roles.
The POM-finance department considers paper representing a variety of research paradigms. Suitable papers may, for example, provide an empirical analysis of intra- and inter-firm, industry, sector, and regional data, describe the design and analysis of experiments combining operational and financial considerations, develop new methodologies for assisting in joint operational and financial decision making, and analyze theoretical models of operational and financial interactions.
The major criterion for acceptability is the paper’s ability to convey new insights or to provide innovative decision-making tools of managerial relevance within the scope of the department’s mission. Papers should conform to the overall professional standards of general POM submissions. Questions regarding the suitability of papers for consideration can be directed to the department editor.

POM-Economics Interface

The Department seeks to publish papers at the interface of operations and economics that use economic modeling tools to study the interactions between cooperative or competitive firms and consumers. Papers that adopt a quantitative approach to analyze problems taking into account uncertainty and/or a dynamic environment are especially encouraged for submission. Topics include (but are not limited to) industrial organization theory as related to strategic interactions between firms which may be influenced by government regulations and/or have policy implications; game theory applications involving cooperative or non-cooperative behavior; contract design problems to provide incentives or to induce revelation of private information using adverse selection, moral hazard, or signaling techniques; procurement auctions; pricing; and consumer behavior. We welcome a wide variety of research methods including applied economic theory. Papers with analytical models accompanied by econometrics/empirical analysis are also encouraged. All published research must meet the high standard of rigor and novelty, and have broad managerial appeal. Questions regarding the suitability of papers for consideration can be directed to the department editor.

POM-Marketing Interface

The department seeks to publish manuscripts that address the synergy between operations and marketing. Papers that fit four broad themes: shaping demand for operations and vice versa, trading off market opportunities with operations complexity, operations response to disruptions, and managing relationships are of particular interest. This would include (but not limited to) topics such as building capabilities, flexibility, emerging markets OM, life-cycles, preference mapping and variety, design and development, pricing and procurement, disruptions and inventory, JIT and just-in-case, due dates, capacity trading, customer service and fulfillment, demand decoupling and postponement, and customer/supplier relationships.
Manuscripts should address important research problems and help stimulate future research. They should also be well executed, and be technically flawless. The articles may draw upon quantitative/qualitative modeling, data analysis, simulation, and applications. Irrespective of the research methodology, manuscripts must display rigor and managerial relevance. Content must be original with significant contributions to OM and marketing. Theoretical manuscripts should establish why certain decisions are optimal. Domain specific empirical manuscripts need to provide generalization of methods and results. Methodological manuscripts should clearly establish superiority of new methods over existing ones.
strong>Mission Statement
The intent of this department is to meet the growing need for research on problems that arise as a result of the interaction between POM with other functional areas. Papers that deal with POM problems that incorporate several functional perspectives, and that deal with new and nontraditional problems are of particular interest here. We actively solicit research that is original, imaginative, and of significant interest to the journal's readership. In particular, we invite manuscripts that consolidate other functional areas of management with POM in ways that lead to better decision-making as well as provide insights into POM practices.

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