Behavioral operations and supply chain management–A review and literature mapping

Behnam Fahimnia*, Mehrdokht Pournader, Enno Siemsen, Elliot Bendoly, Charles Wang

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Behavioral operations research has proliferated greatly over the decade since its first formal review in 2006. The growth of the field warrants an objective mapping of contributions to the literature and the identification of trends. We conduct a systematic review of the literature of behavioral operations and supply chain management (BOSCM) across eight key operations and supply chain management journals, with publication dates through the end of June 2018. Collected articles are categorized into 12 operations contexts as well as emerging topic considerations. Key research trends, theoretical foundations, and methodological choices are discussed in each context. The results show that supply chain management, inventory management, and procurement/auctions have been the most popular operations contexts for BOSCM researchers. The results of our co-citation analysis shows that the fundamental research areas that have informed and shaped the field include supply chain risk management, marketing, cognitive psychology, and social psychology. Based on these findings and a survey of the most prolific authors in the field, we discuss possible avenues for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1127-1183
Number of pages57
JournalDecision Sciences
Issue number6
Early online date5 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


  • Behavior
  • Behavioral Operations and Supply Chain
  • Operations Management
  • Review
  • Supply Chain Management

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    Fahimnia, B., Pournader, M., Siemsen, E., Bendoly, E., & Wang, C. (2019). Behavioral operations and supply chain management–A review and literature mapping. Decision Sciences, 50(6), 1127-1183.