7 Recommended Operations Management Books Supply Chain Professionals Should Read

To be successful you should constantly read great books to learn from those who are already successful. There are many operations management books to learn from, below are 7 highly recommended books for supply chain professionals:



Jay Heizer’s (11th edition) Operations Management book offers a broad but comprehensive introduction and overview of the field of operations. There are practical, realistic and diverse examples of problems faced on the market. The chapters that come highly recommended are: Designing Operations (Part II)   and Managing Operations (Part III). This particular book has been praised for its practicality and for comprising of an abundant support system- the support system extends to myomlab, Pearson’s new online tutorial system- which is designed to assist varsity student as well as anyone new to operations management.

*Reviews from Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars from 251 reviews.




This Operations Management book by George Stalk, Jr., and Thomas M. Hout, has helped thousands of business people to make the final leap to success.  The authors argue that the ways leading companies manage time-in production, in new product development, and in sales and distribution-represent the most powerful new sources of competitive advantage. With many detailed examples provided from companies that have put time-based strategies in place, companies such as: Federal Express, Ford, Milliken, Honda, Deere, Toyota, Sun Microsystems, Wal-Mart, Citicorp, Harley-Davidson, and Mitsubishi, the authors describe exactly how reducing elapsed time can make the critical difference between success and failure.

*Reviews from Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars from 429 reviews.


  1. Operations Management: Processes and Supply Chains (11th Edition)


Operations Management- Processes and Supply Chains by Rejewski, Malhotra and Ritz man offers students and readers with a complete framework for managerial styles to operations management and addresses operational process and supply chain problems. The author used a systemised method while concentrating on subjects of present interest. The text is practical, it provides prospects for students to practice the role of a manager with stimulating cases and problems. There is also a library of videos for distinct chapters, practical exercises, as well as online resources integrated with MyOMLab.

*Reviews from Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars from 83 reviews.


  1. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement


Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal, a gripping novel, is transforming management thinking throughout the world. It is part of the Operations Management books recommend for everyone. The story of Alex’s fight to save his plant is more than compulsive reading. It contains a serious message for all managers in industry and explains the ideas, which underline the Theory of Constraints (TOC), developed by Eli Goldratt.

*Reviews from Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1013 reviews.


  1. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done


Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan’s ‘’The Discipline of getting things done’’ has helped thousands of business people to make the final leap to success. Execution shows how to link the three fundamental elements of every organization and create a business based on exchange of ideas, intellectual honesty and realism. This book demonstrates how to close the gap between results promised and results delivered that people in business need today, the importance of being deeply and passionately engaged in an organization and why robust dialogues about people, strategy, and operations result in a business based on intellectual honesty and realism.

*Reviews from Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars from 429 reviews.


  1. Operations Strategy: 3 (Third) Edition


This Operations Management book provides a comprehensive focused on the interaction between operational resources and external requirements. Companies such as Apple, Google and Tesco have transformed their prospects through the way they manage their operations resources strategically, turning their operations capabilities into a formidable asset. These and other examples in this book illustrate the broad and long-term issues of Operations Strategy that complement the more operational, immediate, tangible and specific issues that define Operations Management.

*Reviews from Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars from 6 reviews.


  1. Operations Management: An Integrated Approach


In the 5th Edition of Operations Management, the authors have strengthened their commitment to improve the teaching and learning experience in the introductory operations management course. This Operations Management book offers a solid foundation of Operations Management with clear, guided instruction and a balance between quantitative and qualitative concepts. Through an integrated approach, the authors illustrate how all business students will interact with Operations Management in future careers.

*Reviews from Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars from 27 reviews.


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