This comprehensive introduction to the concepts and techniques of operations management places importance on operations strategy early, with balanced coverage of quantitative techniques and managerial issues.
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Norman Gaither is Professor Emeritus of Business Analysis and Research at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. and MBA from the University of Oklahoma and his B.S.I.E. from Oklahoma State University. Prior to teaching, Professor Gaither worked at Olin Corporation, where he held the positions of chief industrial engineer, plant manager, and director of a multiplant operation, and at B.F. Goodrich Company as senior industrial engineer.
Professor Gaither's writings on a wide range of operations management topics have appeared in Management Science, Decision Sciences, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Simulation, Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, IIE Transactions, Journal of Cost Analysis, and International Journal of Operations and Production Management.
Dr. Gaither has served on the editorial boards of several highly respected journals in the operations management field. He is also an AACSB Federal Faculty Fellow.
Greg Frazier is an Associate Professor of Production and Operations Management in the Department of Information Systems and Management Sciences at The University of Texas at Arlington. He is an APICS Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM) and has served as a Faculty Fellow at The Boeing Company. Other teaching experience includes Texas A&M University, University of Oregon, and Harvard Summer School at Harvard University.
Professor Frazier received a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Texas A&M University. His Ph.D. in production and operations management is also from Texas A&M, where Norman Gaither chaired his dissertation research.
Dr. Frazier's long association with Norman Gaither has resulted in co-authored publications in several journals, including Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Production Research, and Production and Inventory Management Journal. He has also published in journals such as International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Productivity Analysis, IIE Transactions, and Business Horizons.
Excellent topic coverage - I especially like the coverage on technology selection & management, supply chain management, and maintenance management.
I like the way the appendices are handled at the end of the text and not scattered throughout the text. Gaither/Frazier has done a good job of integrating the quantitative methods used in POM into the regular text material rather than treating them as appendices.
I am using the Gaither and Frazier textbook this semester because I was pleased to see a chapter on maintenance planning in an Operations Management book. By having the subject included in a textbook the students see that it is now important. I introduce engineering terminology such as MTBF, MTTR, and Availability measures. I feel it is important because these are specs purchasing agents or sales reps will need to become familiar with. This chapter should always be included in a course that teaches the concepts of JIT manufacturing.
The strengths of Gaither and Frazier include: (1) the internet assignment, industry snapshots, and wrap-ups are excellent bridges between theory and practice; and (2) the visual aids, such as the colors, images, and graphs, are used so nicely that really help materials flow and catch the reader's attention.
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