Essential Guide to Operations Management: Concepts and Case Notes (Wiley) Paperback – 27 Oct 2009
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The book is presented as a "reader" text rather than a thick text book. The new text will offer:
- a fresh and attractive perspective of the subject, routed in the practicalities of Operations Management, but reflective and supported by sound research underpinnings.
- A long awaited, more affordable and user–friendly book for the field.
From the Back Cover
This book is a novel treatment of Operations Management. It takes a fresh insight to this increasingly important topic, exploring fundamental principles equally applicable to service and manufacturing situations. The book adapts a strategic stance by providing a framework for effective decision making and is aimed at practising managers who need to design working processes, manage change and make decisions within a strategic framework. The framework and supporting case vignettes allow the practitioner to grasp essential concepts quickly in a range of different operational contexts.
"Bamford and Forrester have done an excellent job in creating a concise, salient, and appealing approach – they have captured the essential elements of designing processes, products and work organizations; exploring approaches to operations planning and control; managing change through effective project management and technology transfer; and then managing quality and improvement strategies".
Professor Rob Handfield, Professor of Supply Chain Management, North Carolina State University, USA
"This is an excellent concise text that introduces students to all of the key areas – it′s an invaluable aid for students in understanding all of the major aspects of operations and their importance to the success of businesses".
Professor Steve Brown, Professor of Management, University of Exeter Business School, University of Exeter, UK
"For today′s or tomorrow′s business leaders this text has well structured invaluable content ready for immediate adoption. Follow the guide, put it into practice, and the rewards will follow".
Mr Vernon Barker, Managing Director, First TransPennine Express, First Group Plc, UK
"This book combines technical theory ′book smarts′ with real life experience ′street smarts′ in a flowing read".
Mr Stephen Oliver, Vice President Marketing & Sales, Vicor Corporation, Boston, USA
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Top Customer Reviews
It does not seek to be exhaustive and that in itself makes for an emminently more readable book. For the sake of assignments or dissertation preparation it provides excellent background to base a search of the library and journals on (and who in their right mind would base an assignment on one text anyway?) and for a more casual reader it concentrates on the critical concepts of interest without overwhelming with material which is of no interest or use.
Is it the only book you'll need to read? No, but I feel confident in saying that was not the intention. Is it the first book you should read? Certainly!
My congratulations go out to Forrester and Bamford!
In the book, the topics are divided into several sections so that learners can study each part one by one. After reading the first part, the learner can go to next step with the comprehension, and move to further section.
Moreover, many pictures encourage the reader to comprehend the content easily.
It is therefore that I strongly recommend this book, if you want to study Operations Management.
Despite being a fairly short paperback, the book is quite pricey hence the 4 stars rather than 5.
As an Undergraduate Business student it's reassuring to see that this book was so useful to MSc Students. However for me I just wanted a book that would read a little lighter than the door stop text books recommended by my module leader, while providing me the necessary essential information to pass this class.
This book is not only fit nicely into my oh so nice handbag but the content is so engagingly written that it was hard to put it down, even in the wee hours of the morning.
The modal diagram that breaks down into more detail in each paragraph was beyond helpful; making the daunting task of learning the vast subject of Operations Management, easy to digest and dare I say enjoyable.
I could argue that this book does miss some elements of operations and lacks the detail of a larger textbook. However I would swap the dwindling pages of the steadfast authors in this subject for my constant handbag companion every time.
At the core of this book is a depth of knowledge and accessible format, without being patronising. It is a unique book in its field in that it is intelligent and engaging. This is why my copy is covered in note and I love it.
Thanks Bamford & Forrester; I am now enthused about Operations Management and miss a many a night out to read your book. For anyone who wants to square up like me, this book is for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good basic overview of some key concepts of PM and the stages in a typical PM initiative. So just okPublished on 18 Jun. 2013 by stuart Thompson
I used Bamford and Forrester's Essential Guide to Operations Management whilst undertaking an MBA module in the subject. Read morePublished on 29 May 2013 by The Midlander
This Operations Management book is excellent! The authors have managed to cover all key Operations Management concepts and theories in their very comprehensive and accessible... Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2012 by Haile_selefer
I've just finished an Msc and I have found that this book is great. It covers quite a broad topic succinctly. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2012 by Jim B