I would describe my own research to follow predominately an ‘action research’
method, which may incorporate some of the other methods mentioned. More specifically, I would describe myself as a ‘Operational Researcher (OR)’
using ‘problem structuring methods (PSMs) / Soft OR’
techniques. Now I don’t think I have come across many UGs using these, yet my PhD candidates, are most likely to be using the latest thinking in this area and/or advancing them. Here is an introduction on PSMs in Rosenhead (1996, 2006)
. I have not listed below the techniques that I have been using recently – you can see this in the reference list from my own ‘publication/output’
Beach, R., Muhlemann, A.P., Price, D.H.R., Paterson, A. and Sharp, J.A. (2001) The role of qualitative methods in production management research, International Journal of Production Economics,74, 201-212.
BINDER, M., and EDWARDS, J, S., (2008) Using grounded theory method for theory building in operations management research: A study on inter-firm relationship governance, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 30(3), pp. 232 – 259.
COUGHLAN, P. and COGHLAN, D. (2002) Action research for operations management. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 22(2), pp. 220-240.
Croom, S., (2002) Methodology Editorial, Special issue on research methodology in Operations Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management 22 (2) 148-151.
DUBOIS, A., ARAUJI, L., (2007) Case research in purchasing and supply management: Opportunities and challenges, Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, 13(3), pp. 170 – 181.
ELLRAM, L.M. (1996) The use of the case study method in logistics research, Journal of Business Logistics, 17(2), pp. 93 – 138.
Forza, C. (2002) Survey research in operations management: a process-based perspective. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 22, 152-194
FLIPPINI, R., (1997) Operations management research: some reflections on evolution, models and empirical studies in OM, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 17(7), pp. 655 – 670.
Karlsson, C. (2002) Guest Editorial: Special issue on research methodology in Operations Management. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 22 (2) 141-147.
Martinez V. and Albores P. (2003); “Qualitative research in OM: criteria for evaluation”; EUROMA Conference; Lake Como, Italy, June 16-18; Vol. 2 pp 959- 968.Meredith, J. (1998) Building operations management theory through case and field research. Journal of Operations Management, 16 (4):441-454.
MEREDITH, J. R., RATURI, A., AMOAKO-GYAMPAH, K. and KAPLAN, B. (1989) Alternative research paradigms in operations, Journal of Operations Management, 8(4), pp. 297-326.
SEURING, S.A. (2008) Assessing the rigor of case study research in supply chain management, Supply Chain Management: A International Journal, 13(2), pp. 128-137.
STUART, I., McCUTCHEON, D., HANDFIELD, R., McLACHLIN, D., SAMOSON, D., (2002) Effective case research in operations management: a process perspective, Journal of Operations Management, 20, pp. 419 – 433.
PLATTS, K.W. (1993) A process approach to researching manufacturing strategy. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 13(8), pp. 4-17
Voss, C., Tsikriktsis, N. and Frohlich, M. (2002) Case Research in Operations Management, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 22, 195-219.
Wacker, J.G. (1998) A definition of theory: research guidelines for different theory-building research methods in Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, 16 (4):361-385.