Research in Production and Operations Management: A University-Based Bibliometric Analysis

  • José M. Merigó
  • Claudio Muller
  • Nikunja Mohan ModakEmail author
  • Sigifredo Laengle
Original Research


Universities across the world are contributing greatly to production and operations management (POM) research and playing significant roles in social and economic development. This article analyzes the performance of universities in POM research and development between 1990 and 2014. The Web of Science core collection database is used to collect all the necessary data. The results show a wide diversity among the countries of origin of the top universities, with some of them being in Asia, Europe, and North America. These results are quite different from many other management areas where English-speaking countries, especially the USA, tend to be dominant. Hong Kong Polytechnic University is the most productive university, while Michigan State University is the most influential one. Time-based evolution reveals that the USA previously had a more dominant position, while now there is more distribution of top universities around the world. The analysis of selected journals indicates that many journals tend to be more influenced by their respective countries of origin. However, other journals show a more general profile by publishing papers from most of the countries around the world.


Bibliometrics Production and operations management University analysis Web of science 



The authors are thankful to the editor-in-chief Prof. Sushil and the anonymous reviewers for their extremely useful suggestions to improve the quality of the paper. The second author is always grateful to Shri Bibhas Chandra Das for giving enormous support and care.

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Conflict of interest

No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José M. Merigó
    • 1
    • 2
  • Claudio Muller
    • 1
  • Nikunja Mohan Modak
    • 3
    Email author
  • Sigifredo Laengle
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Management Control and Information Systems, School of Economics and BusinessUniversity of ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.School of Information, Systems and Modelling, Faculty of Engineering and Information TechnologyUniversity of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia
  3. 3.Palpara VidyamandirChakdahaIndia

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