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Important Journals in Your Field

Journal of Operations Management
The Journal of Operations Management publishes original, high-quality research papers in the field of operations management

Management Science
Articles demonstrating relevant theory and innovative applications scientifically addressing the problems, interests and concerns of organizational decision makers; relevant articles on globalization of the economy and changes in public policy.

Omega is an important source for practicing managers, specialists in management services, operational research workers and management scientists, management consultants, academics, students and research personnel.

Operations Research
Articles cover operations research in computing & decision technology; decision analysis; environment, energy, & natural resources; financial engineering; manufacturing, service, & supply chain operations.

Production & Operations Management
Scientific research into the problems, interest, & concerns of managers who manage product & process design, operations, & supply chains.


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Questions to Narrow Your Topic

  • Who? Who is the specific person/group to which you would like to limit your research?
  • What? What specific aspect of the broad topic idea is interesting to you?
  • Where? To which specific geographic area or region would you like to limit your research?
  • When? On what time period would you like your research focused?
  • Why? Why do you think this is an important/interesting topic?

What is a Thesis Statement?

A thesis is typically a one sentence statement in the first paragraph, or beginning, of your project that states your purpose. Thesis statements should be arguable, specific, detailed, and meaningful.