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Indiana University Bloomington

Operations & Decision Technologies

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Our Operations, Analytics and Information Systems faculty have written many of the definitive textbooks in the areas of operations, data analysis, database management, networking, and Excel modeling.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

The Importance of Practice-Driven Research

2010, Production & Inventory Management Journal

Rhonda R. Lummus, R. Vokurka


The goal of many operations and supply chain management researchers is to develop new, or extend existing, operations management theory. This paper discusses the importance of practice-driven research, and details the role APICS - The Association for Operations Management has played in supporting that research. It also describes practice-driven research and provides possible approaches to conducting the research. Current issues and problems that are potential research topics are identified from APICSsupported focus groups and other organizations.


Lummus, R. and R. Vokurka (2010), “The Importance of Practice-Driven Research,” Production & Inventory Management Journal, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 46-53.