Operations in Space: Exploring a New Industry

38 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2018 Last revised: 22 Mar 2018

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Joel O. Wooten

University of South Carolina - Department of Management Science

Christopher S. Tang

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management (DOTM) Area

Date Written: March 17, 2018

Abstract

This article sets the stage for examining operations management research opportunities in the emerging industry that involves operations in outer space. Currently, space exploration is moving in new and exciting directions, thanks to private investment and a more collaborative, commercial industry structure. While we do not yet know if space will be the next big industry, we make the case that the potential is certainly there. In this paper, we outline the challenges presented within the “space industry” and highlight opportunities for operations management researchers in three categories – manufacturing operations, supply chain management, and sustainable operations. We also outline important questions related to stakeholder decisions and needs.

Keywords: operations management, supply chain, space industry, research

JEL Classification: M1, O3

Suggested Citation

Wooten, Joel O. and Tang, Christopher S., Operations in Space: Exploring a New Industry (March 17, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3107707 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3107707

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Christopher S. Tang

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management (DOTM) Area ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
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