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Big Data and the Transformation of Operations Models: A Framework and A New Research Agenda

Roden, S., Nucciarelli, A., Li, F. & Grahamd, G. (2017). Big Data and the Transformation of Operations Models: A Framework and A New Research Agenda. Production Planning and Control, 28(11-12), pp. 929-944. doi: 10.1080/09537287.2017.1336792


Big Data has been hailed as the ‘next big thing’ to drive business value, transform organisations and industries, and “reveal secrets to those with the humility, willingness and tools to listen” (Mayer-Schönberger and Cukier, 2013: 5). However, despite growing interest from organisations across industry sectors, Big Data applications appear to have concentrated on delivering incremental change and operational efficiency improvements, with little evidence on using Big Data to facilitate strategic, transformational change. In this paper, we explore how Big Data is actually being can be used across different sectors in leading organisations and examine the ways in which it is fostering change in the core operations models of organisations. A definition of ‘operations model’ is developed and the core components dimensions of an operations model are then examined, namely capacity, supply network, process and technology, and people development and organisation. Through a series of case studies, we examine the role of Big Data in affecting some, or all, of these components dimensions in order to generate value for the organisation by optimising, adapting or radically transforming the operations model. Following our analysis, we develop a tentative framework which can be used both for understanding how Big Data affects operations models, and for planning changes in operations models through Big Data. We set out a new research agenda to systematically understand the full potential of Big Data in transforming operations models.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Production Planning and Control on 11 July 2017, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Big Data; Operations Models; Operations Management; Transformation; Knowledge Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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