Role of Operations Management

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IntroductionWhat drives, directs, and decides the processes of production and distribution of a company? The answer is operations management and it "focuses on carefully managing the processes to produce and distribute products and services (McNamara, 2009)." Companies that produce goods or services use operations strategies whether known or unknown to management and staff. The major daily activities of operations management include product creation, development and production, and distribution. Each of these are important to a business operating successfully and Timberview Care Center has taken heavy advantage of these processes.

Role in BusinessEvery business produces some type of service or good that is destined for a customer. Thus, operations management and operational strategies ensure that the production processes are executed accurately, efficiently, and in a timely manner to distribute to and supply the customer. In today's market of ever evolving technology and innovation knowledge and use of operations management and strategies is necessary.

This type of change is not just for manufacturing companies but rather any company that is searching for ways to improve quality management, delivery and distribution, development and production. Every area can be improved with the implementation of operations management strategies.

Another role that operations management plays in business is as an organizational processes analyzer. The analytical style of thinking by operational managers is unique and coveted by companies. To improve current processes, make a simple or major decision, or to find where a problem started operations management uses an analytical approach to understand the situation. From this systematic analysis, a decision that is best for the company can be made.

A last role that operations management plays in business today is that it can be used in many other areas. The tools and concepts that operations management uses can be widely applied to the management...