Operations management focuses on carefully managing the processes to produce and distribute products and services.
A great deal of focus is on efficiency and effectiveness of processes. Therefore, operations management often includes substantial measurement and analysis of internal processes.
There are strong parallels between the skills required for effective operations management and those needed in both logistics and supply chain management. Excellent organizational ability is crucial in successfully enhancing efficiency and driving productivity as an operations manager.
An operations manager must be able to understand the series of processes within a company to get them to flow seamlessly, and in this sense the role is directly related to supply chain management.
Additionally, the coordination involved in setting up these processes in practice represents logistics; the combination of understanding and coordinating the work of a company are central to becoming a successful operations manager.
The operations manager should be able to transcend industries so exact job functions can vary based on the company you work for. At the base level, the two main streams an operations manager might belong to can be reduced to companies with a concentration on manufacturing and production, or those that provide services.
Operations management is integral to the success of any given company, be it small or large. There can be strong overlap with supply chain management, logistics or engineering, but there are many other industries and areas where operations functions and the skills of an effective operations manager are strongly tied to an organization’s lasting success.
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