With its abundance of step-by-step solved problems, concepts, and examples of major real-world companies, this text brings unparalleled clarity and transparency to the course. In the new Fourth Edition, all aspects of operations management are explained—its critical impact in today’s business environments, its relation to every department in an organization, and the importance of an integrated supply chain focus. Quantitative and qualitative topics are balanced, and students are guided through the coursework that will help lay the foundations for their future careers.
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Operations Management in its natural, cross-functional environment.
In the delicate balance of a coral reef, all species rely on the reef for survival. In much the same way, Operations Management is the key to success for today’s organizations. Workers in all functional areas interact with Operations Management and rely on OM to do their jobs.
Taking an integrative approach, this Second Edition of Operations Management demonstrates the critical impact OM has in today’s business environments, and shows how it relates to every department in an organization. Authors R. Dan Reid and Nada R. Sanders provide clear, focused, and highly engaging coverage of key operations management topics, and make strong connections across concepts and chapters. In addition, an online Virtual Service Company case ties all the major concepts together.
R. Dan Reid is Associate Professor of Operations Management at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Ohio State University, and a B.A. in Business management from the University of Maryland. During the past twenty years, he has taught at The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Bowling Green State University, Otterbein College, and the University of New Hampshire.
Dr. Reid’s research publications have appeared in numerous journals such as the Production and Inventory Management Journal, Mid-American Journal of Business, Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, Hospitality Research and Education Journal, Target, and The OM Review. His research interests include manufacturing planning and control systems, quality in services, purchasing, and supply chain management. He has worked for, or consulted with, organizations in the telecommunications, consumer electronics, defense, hospitality, and capital equipment industries, Dr. Reid has served as Program Chair and President of the Northeast Region of the Decision Sciences Institute (NEDSI) and as Associate Program Chair and Proceedings Editor of the First International DSI Conference, and held numerous positions within DSI. He has been the Program Chair and Chair of the Operations Management Division of the Academy of Management. Fr. Reid has also served as President of the Granite State Chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society. He has been a board member of the Operations Management Association and the Manchester Manufacturing Management Center. Dr. Reid is a past Editor of the OM Review.
Dr. Reid has designed and taught courses for undergraduates, graduates, and executives on topics such as resource management, manufacturing management, introduction to operations management, purchasing management, and manufacturing planning and control systems. In 2002 Dr. Reid received a University of New Hampshire Excellence in Teaching Award.
Nada R. Sanders is Professor of Operations Management at the Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management from The Ohio State University, and M.B.A. from The Ohio State University, and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Franklin University. She has taught for more than twenty years at a variety of academic institutions including The Ohio State University, Capital University, and Wright State University, in addition to lecturing to various industry groups. She has designed and taught classes for undergraduates, graduates, and executives on topics such as operations management, operations strategy, forecasting, and supply chain management. She has received a number of teaching awards including the College of Business Outstanding teacher Award.
Dr. Sanders has extensive research experience and has published in numerous journals such as Decision Sciences, Journal of Operations Management, Sloan Management Review, Omega, Interfaces, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Journal of Applied Business Research, and Production & Inventory Management Journal. She has authored chapters in books and encyclopedias such as the Forecasting Principles Handbook (Kluwer Academic Publisher), Encyclopedia of Production and Manufacturing Management (Kluwer Academic Publisher), and the Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (John Wiley & Sons). Dr. Sanders has served as Vice President of Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), President of the Midwest Decision Science Institute, and has held numerous other positions within the Institute. In addition to DSI, Dr. Sanders is active in the Production Operations Management Society (POMS), APICS. INFORMS. Council of Logistics Management (CLM), and the International Institute of Forecasting (IIF). She has served on review boards and/or as a reviewer for numerous journals including Decision Sciences, International Journal of Production Research, OM Review, Omega, and others. In addition, Dr. Sanders has worked and/or consulted for companies in the telecommunication, pharmaceutical, steel, automotive, warehousing, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to serve as an expert witness.
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