Operations Management

Essay by gunnu_1707University, Master'sC+, January 2008

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In the world of business there are many essential parts to a successful operation. Some may say that marketing, production and/or sales are the most important part of any business, but after studying the process of operation management, it is found to be the backbone of any business process. Operation management embodies all aspects of the business process and unites them to create an efficient resourceful procedure. In order to stand out and be a market leader a company needs to have a strong management for operational activities. Operation managerial work can be effective in terms of cost, quality, reliability, flexibility and responsiveness. This essay will give a brief explanation on Operation Manager (OM), importance of operational management, functions of operation manager, strategic decisions and factors for effective operational activity.

A manager is someone who works with people and through coordinating with them accomplishes organizational goals (Robbins, Stagg, Coulter, 2003, p.10).

But why employ OM? Though a relatively new field of research and still several evolving, many businesses employ it as a way to increase productivity and reduce error. OM allows companies to be more competitive by reducing unnecessary cost involved when resources are squandered. OM allows business to operate more efficiently. Operation management is the integration of all aspects of the business process. It was once said:

All parts of the system must be constructed with reference to all other parts, since in one sense, all parts form one machine. Like any other machine the failure of one part to cooperate properly with the other parts, disorganizes the whole and renders it inoperative for the purpose intended - Albert Einstein

Importance of Operation Management:-"Operations management is concerned with creating, operating and controlling a transformation system which takes inputs of a variety of resources and produces outputs...