Multi-Methodological Research in Operations Management

Tsan Ming Choi, Edwin Tai Chiu Cheng, Xiande Zhao

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The major research methodologies deployed for operations management (OM) research include analytical modeling research (e.g., optimization, computational, and simulation models), quantitative empirical research (e.g., surveys, and event studies), and case study research. In recent years, there is an emerging trend toward employing a multi-methodological approach (MMA) to address complex and intriguing OM issues. The MMA helps derive solid research results and boost the scientific merit of OM research. We examine this research trend and present some MMAs germane to the pursuit of rigorous and scientific OM research. We also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of such MMAs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-389
Number of pages11
JournalProduction and Operations Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • multi-methodological research
  • operations management research
  • research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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