Operations Management

Nigel Slack / Alistair Brandon-Jones  
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April 2019
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Operations management is important, exciting, challenging … and everywhere you look!


·    Important, because it enables organizations to provide services and products that we all need

·    Exciting, because it is central to constant changes in customer preference, networks of supply and demand, and developments in technology

·    Challenging, because solutions must be must be financially sound, resource-efficient, as well as environmentally and socially responsible

·    And everywhere, because in our daily lives, whether at work or at home, we all experience and manage processes and operations.

New to this Edition

Key changes to the 9th edition include:


·    Extended and refreshed set of ‘Problems and applications’ questions with new model answers to selected questions on the student companion website. Answers to all questions are available to lecturers.

·    Re-design of chapter on process technology to reflect the rapid development of new technologies.

·    Brand new case study on Ikea, examining innovative changes to their operating practices

·    Over 40 new ‘Operations in practice’ boxes, with a focus on the application of new technologies in most chapters.

·    Extensive new material including: surge pricing, digital twins, servitisation, B2B and B2C relationship, line of sight in internal process networks, Net Promoter Scores, process mining, Gartner hype cycle, work-life balance, use of blockchain in supply chains, knowledge management, circular economy, quality of experience, cyber security and service guarantees.

Table of Contents

Part One – Directing the operation

1. Operations management

2. Operations performance

3. Operations strategy

4. Managing product and service innovation

5. The structure and scope of operations


Part Two – Designing the operation

6. Process design

7. The layout and look of facilities

8. Process technology

9. People in operations


Part Three – Deliver

10.   Planning and control

11.   Capacity management
  Supplement to Chapter 11 - Analytical queueing models

12.   Supply chain management

13.   Inventory management

14.   Planning and control systems 
  Supplement to Chapter 14 - Materials requirements planning (MRP)

15.   Lean operations


Part Four – Development

16.   Operations improvement

17.   Quality management
  Supplement to Chapter 17 - Statistical process control (SPC)

18.   Managing risk and recovery

19.   Project management

Back Cover


Operations may not run the world, but it makes the world run!

To truly understand the way a business operates, you need to get your hands dirty - that’s how you get to appreciate what's actually happening within an organization. Looking inside for the answers is what Operations Management is all about.

Learn from world-leading experts Nigel Slack and Alistair Brandon-Jones and benefit from their wealth of experience helping improve businesses of all shapes and sizes. Strategic in its perspective, the book offers a comprehensive and practical way to explore key concepts and see them in action through a plethora of international examples.

What makes Operations Management, 9th edition work so well?

●    Clear structure (thanks to the “4 Ds” model of operations management)

●    Real life examples through the ‘operations in practice’ boxes and case studies

●    Worked examples blend qualitative and quantitative perspectives

●    Critical commentaries pose alternative views where appropriate

●    Summary answers to key questions in practical bullet points




About the authors

Nigel Slack is an Emeritus Professor of Operations Management and Strategy at Warwick University, an Honorary Professor at Bath University and an Associate Fellow of Said Business School, Oxford University. Previously he has been Professor of Service Engineering at Cambridge University, Professor of Manufacturing Strategy at Brunel University, a University Lecturer in Management Studies at Oxford University and Fellow in Operations Management at Templeton College, Oxford. He worked initially as an industrial apprentice in the hand-tool industry and then as a production engineer and production manager in light engineering. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in Management, and is a Chartered Engineer. He is the author of many books and papers in the operations management area, including The Manufacturing Advantage, published by Mercury Business Books, 1991, and Making Management Decisions (with Steve Cooke), 1991, published by Prentice Hall, Service Superiority (with Robert Johnston), published in 1993 by EUROMA, The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Operations Management (with Michael Lewis) published by Blackwell, Operations Strategy together with Michael Lewis, the fourth edition published by Pearson in 2014 and Perspectives in Operations Management (Volumes I to IV) also with Michael Lewis, published by Routledge in 2003, Operations and Process Management, with Alistair Brandon-Jones, Robert Johnston and Alan Betts, now in its 4th edition 2015. He has authored numerous academic papers and chapters in books. He also acts as a consultant to many international companies around the world in many sectors, especially financial services, transport, leisure and manufacturing. His research is in the operations and manufacturing flexibility and operations strategy areas.


Alistair Brandon-Jones is a Professor in Operations and Supply Management and Associate Dean for Post-Experience Education at the University of Bath School of Management, He was formerly a Reader at Manchester Business School, an Assistant and Associate Professor at Bath School of Management and a Teaching Fellow Warwick Business School, where he also completed his PhD. His other books include Operations and Process Management, Essentials of Operations Management, and Quantitative Analysis in Operations Management. Alistair is an active empirical researcher focusing on e-enabled operations and supply management, healthcare operations, and professional services. This work, supported by a range of grants, has been published in many leading management journals. Alistair has consulting and executive development experience with organizations around the world, in various sectors including petrochemicals, health, financial services, manufacturing, defence, and government. In addition, he has won several university, national, and international awards for teaching excellence.

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