BUS 4851: Production and Operations Management


Concerned with the production of goods and services in an efficient and effective business operation. The course also addresses the management of resources, the distribution of goods and services to customers, and the analysis of queue systems.


  1. Define operations management and explain its relationship to productivity.
  2. Describe how operations managers achieve a reasonable work environment and set expectations related to employee productivity.
  3. Outline inventory management tools and techniques used to address the two basic inventory issues of how much to order and when to order.
  4. Define quality and explain quality management, including TQM and its tools.
  5. Discuss the role of location strategy and the criteria for location decisions.
  6. Explain how supply-chain management is applied to make-or-buy decisions, and the selection and integration of suppliers.
  7. Describe how process strategy is applied to determine the process, capacity, and technology required for selected products/services.
  8. Describe the importance of forecasting and explain the effective application of the different forecasting approaches and methods.
  9. Describe operations strategy and how it has changed due to globalization.
  10. Explain layout strategy and how operations managers determine facility arrangements and size.
  11. Summarize how operations managers decide on the products/services to offer and how they design selected products/services.
  12. Summarize project management, including its tools and techniques.




Operations management: Sustainability and supply chain management (Rev: 11th ed.)

Publisher: Prentice Hall (2013)
Author: Heizer, J., & Render, B.
ISBN: 9780132921145
Price: $271.25

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