Operations Strategy in practice: Combining an action research and longitudinal case-study approach

Niels Gorm Rytter, Christian Koch, Harry Boer

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe and illustrate a new, action-based longitudinal case study approach, which aims at helping scholars narrow the gap between the theory and practice of Operations Strategy (OS). First, we elaborate on the need for new research methods for studying OS in practice. Then, we present the two research strategies underpinning the approach proposed here: action research and longitudinal case study. Next, we illustrate the use of the method and exemplify it using a recent study of OS in practice. Then, based on this experience we present and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the method. Finally, we draw conclusions on its potential for operations strategy and operations management studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Conference of Decisions Science Institute
Place of PublicationMadrid
PublisherDSI
Publication date2005
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventDecision Science Institute Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …

Conference

ConferenceDecision Science Institute Conference
Period01/01/2005 → …

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Rytter, N. G., Koch, C., & Boer, H. (2005). Operations Strategy in practice: Combining an action research and longitudinal case-study approach. In Proceedings Conference of Decisions Science Institute DSI.