Last year, the academic journal Decision Sciences Journal (DSJ) celebrated its 50th anniversary. The editorial team marked the occasion by sharing the ranking of the most frequently downloaded articles since 1970. HEC Lausanne (UNIL) is proud to announce that the article by Prof. Ari-Pekka Hameri and his co-authors, entitled “Bridging Practice and Theory: A Design Science Approach”, published in 2009, was ranked in eighth place.
Downloaded more than 8,100 times since its publication in the Decision Sciences Journal in 2009, the article by Ari-Pekka Hameri, professor in the Operations Department at HEC Lausanne, and his co-authors, Professor Jan Holmström from Aalto University in Finland and Professor Mikko Ketokivi from the IE Business School in Spain, can boast of having attracted so many readers’ attention and interest!
It was the eighth most downloaded article in the journal’s history, out of a long list of over 2,500 published since the launch of the Decision Sciences Journal (DJS) in 1970. As one of the most renowned journals in its field, it deals with issues relating to operations, the supply chain and information systems, while offering an innovative managerial and/or theoretical perspective at the same time.
What are the reasons for the article’s success?
The research carried out by Prof. Hameri and his co-authors deals with the challenge of making university research relevant to practitioners – and it is one that is difficult to tackle, given the divergence of interests between theoretical and academic research, and managerial practice.
In their article entitled “Bridging Practice and Theory: A Design Science Approach”, the researchers explore the different ways of supplementing problem-solving research and university research with a focus on theory.
“This milestone is an indication that design science approach is gaining momentum in management studies. This is great news both to managers and academics as design science approach aims to bridge practice to theory, not vice versa, theory to practice, concludes Prof. Ari-Peka Hameri.