Young Scholars' Workshop

Targeted at young academics in general and alumni of the EurOMA Doctoral Seminar in particular, the EurOMA Young Scholars Workshop is conceived as a way to support the career development of young scholars in the field of operations management (OM) by teaching and sharing with them major skills needed in an academic career. Important skills are related to:

•    Supervising MSc and PhD students.
•    Teaching OM to MSc and MBA students.
•    Designing and developing research projects in OM
•    Developing your career – managing your way through academia.
•    Developing theoretically rigorous and managerially relevant OM research.

Each year one of the above subjects is developed on a rolling base. At the same time, the initiative is aimed at developing the community of young OM scholars, keeping the network alive and providing opportunities to meet and discuss relevant topics.


The theme and program of the 2021 workshop is Designing and developing research projects in OM – From concept to publication
There will be ample opportunities for networking, one of the key overall objectives of the Young Scholars Workshops.

Target group and eligibility

The target group of the workshop is young OM academics who aim at a continued academic career. Priority is given to EurOMA Doctoral Seminar alumni. The 2021 workshop is open to EurOMA members participating in the 2021 annual conference, who have presented their PhD thesis in or after 2016.

The number of participants is limited to 30 young scholars, who have registered for the conference.


Young scholars who participated in the 2020 workshop will receive an invitation and have to confirm their participation in the 2021 workshop by sending an e-mail to by Sunday 25 April 2021. First time applicants are requested to send a CV and proof of their EurOMA membership by e-mail to by Sunday 25 April 2021. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out not later than Friday 30 May 2021. 

The workshop

•    Date: Wednesday 7 July 2021
•    Theme: Designing and developing research projects in OM – From concept to publication
•    Time: 12:00 - 16:30 BST
•    Fee: included in the conference fee



13:00     Welcome and opening – Harry Boer

13:15     Rui Sousa – “Designing publishable qualitative research”

14:15     Break

14:30     Federico Caniato – “Designing publishable research – a quantitative researcher’s perspective”

15:30     Break

15:45     Des Doran – “Designing publishable research – an editor’s perspective”

16:45     Plenary discussion

17:30     Closure

Faculty Bios

Federico Caniato is Full Professor at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where he teaches Supply Chain and Purchasing Management in both undergraduate and graduate courses, and he is the director of the International Master in Supply Chain and Procurement Management. He is also the Rector’s Delegate for Lifelong Learning. His research interests are in the field of Supply Chain and Purchasing Management, in particular Sustainability and Supply Chain Finance. He authored several international publications in various Operations Management journals, and he is Associate Editor of IJOPM and JPSM. He is member of the EurOMA board.

Des Doran is Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Kent, UK. He earned his PhD at Portsmouth University and his MBA (with Distinction) at Warwick Business School. He has published widely in the field of modular supply chains and is an Associate Editor of IJOPM. Des is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). 

Rui Sousa is Full Professor of Operations Management at Católica Porto Business School, Catholic University of Portugal. He holds a PhD from London Business School and is Honorary Fellow of the European Operations Management Association, having served on the Board of this association for six years. His research has won several awards and has been published in leading international journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Decision Sciences and the Journal of Service Research. Rui is Associate Editor for the Journal of Operations Management and the International Journal of Operations & Production Management, and serves on a number of Editorial Review Boards (e.g., Journal of Business Research). He has extensive experience in conducting case-based research and has taught courses on the case study method internationally, including at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM, Brussels). His present research interests include service operations, operations in the digital economy and operations strategy.

Dr. Harry Boer is a Professor of Strategy and Organization at the Center for Industrial Pro-duction at Aalborg University, Denmark, and an honorary professor of Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. He holds a BSc in applied mathematics and an MSc and PhD both in management engineering, all from Twente University, the Netherlands. He has published on subjects such as organization theory, flexible automation, manufacturing strategy, and continuous improvement/innovation in the International Journal of Operations & Production Management, the Journal of Production Innovation Management, Decision Sciences, the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Creativity and Innovation Management, Production Planning & Control, and the international Journal of Technology Management. His research interest is in continuous innovation, the effective interaction between day-to-day operations, incremental change, and radical innovation. He is a managing editor of Creativity and Innovation Management.


Professor Dr. Harry Boer, Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University.

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