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Emerging trends and new frontiers in community operational research

Johnson, Michael P; Midgley, Gerald; Chichirau, George


Michael P Johnson

George Chichirau


Community Operational Research (Community OR), and its disciplinary relation, Community-Based Operations Research, has an increasingly high profile within multiple domains that benefit from empirical and analytic approaches to problem solving. These domains are primarily concentrated within nonprofit services and local development. However, there are many other disciplines and application areas for which novel applications and extensions of Community OR could generate valuable insights. This paper identifies a number of these, distinguishing between 'emerging trends' (mostly in well-studied areas of operational research, management science and analytics) and 'new frontiers', which can be found in traditions not commonly oriented towards empirical and analytic methods for problem solving, where community-engaged decision modeling represents new ways of generating knowledge, policies and prescriptions. This paper will show how the exploration of emerging trends and new frontiers in Community OR can provide a basis for the development of innovative research agendas that can broaden the scope and impact of the decision sciences.


Johnson, M. P., Midgley, G., & Chichirau, G. (2018). Emerging trends and new frontiers in community operational research. European journal of operational research, 268(3), 1178-1191.

Acceptance Date Nov 15, 2017
Online Publication Date Nov 22, 2017
Publication Date Aug 1, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 6, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 6, 2018
Journal European journal of operational research
Print ISSN 0377-2217
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 268
Issue 3
Pages 1178-1191
Keywords Community operational research; Community-based operations research; Analytics; Developing countries; Systems thinking
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