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3. OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

A lot of people when asked about operations management generally talk about manufacturing side of it.


There is a lot more to operations management than just manufacturing, a course in operations management equips students to undertake and handle challenges in supply chain design as well as management, and logistics management along with brainstorming and evaluating ways and means of making operations more optimal and efficient. An operations should preferably have strong analytical and decision making skills. Like other fields, an operations manager should be a team worker as he or she is involved in various cross functional teams. Various duties of an operations manager can range from precise planning of operational processes, manufacturing, and designing of products etc.


Different subjects that an operations management student can expect to study in the course are supply chain management, operations research, project management, supply chain design, operations management, data analysis, product design and development, manufacturing processes, along with modeling and data analysis. The top business schools providing state of art pedagogy in operations management are Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, INSEAD Singapore, The Wharton School- University of Pennsylvania, Stanford Business school to name a few. Within India, along with the top IIM’s there are specialized colleges like National Institute of Industrial Engineering offering specialized operations management course.


The role of an operations manager varies widely across industries. The various profiles offered to an operations management graduate are: Supply chain manager/ purchasing agents/ buyers/ managers which involves managing supply chains through buying goods and services for the organization for the lowest price, Logistics Manager which involves working with purchasing team, marketing team and manufacturing to cost effectively manage operations, consultants and inventory control manager.



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