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Rob Klassen named co-editor of prestigious operations journal

Jul 21, 2020

Rob Klassen

Ivey Professor Rob Klassen

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces firms to be nimble and rethink global supply chain models, the need for new research on operations management has never been greater.

That’s why Ivey Professor Rob Klassen, MBA ’89, is excited about his appointment as an Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Operations & Production Management (IJOPM). He said it is a great opportunity to continue shaping the field of operations and supply chain management. 

“Recently, supply chains have attracted much attention as managers have been forced to reconfigure to become more agile and resilient. And operations have had to scale up or adapt to meet quickly shifting market demands and public policy needs. In short, managers are facing critical challenges to economic and social sustainability,” he said. “Not coincidentally, these topics have been central to IJOPM’s research focus for many years. I hope that I can expand this important discourse by further strengthening linkages to management practice, supporting rigorous empirical methods, and encouraging innovative impactful research.”

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Klassen continues to have editorial roles in other leading journals. Since 2019, he has been the Co-Department Editor (Sustainable Operations) for Production and Operations Management journal.  Recently, he also completed a three-year term as the Department Editor (Sustainable Operations) for the Journal of Operations Management.

His own research explores the multi-faceted linkages between the natural environment, social issues, and operations performance – termed the triple bottom line – with a particular focus on the pivotal role of supply chains. Klassen has more than 50 refereed publications, and has co-authored two textbooks and written more than three dozen teaching cases and simulation exercises in the areas of sustainability, process analysis, and operations strategy.

He is the former Associate Dean (Faculty Development), and continues to teach the core Operations Management course in Ivey’s MSc Program. He has previously taught in the HBA and MBA programs, including both core courses and electives in Sustainable Development, Services Management, and Technology Management. 

Klassen is the fourth co-editor on the team, which also includes professors Constantin Blome (University of Sussex, U.K.), Cristina Giménez Thomsen (Esade Business School, Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain), and Tobias Schoenherr (Michigan State University, U.S.).