Operations Management OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Undergraduate Operations Management Class

Published Feb 05, 2009

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The Open University's free, online OpenCourseWare, 'Understanding Operations Management,' provides an overview of the role of operations management professionals, in addition to a historical study of the field and its influences on modern businesses. This undergraduate-level course is designed to benefit students studying Business, Management and related fields.

Understanding Operations Management: Course Specifics

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Understanding Operations Management: Course Description

Offering an introduction to the basic concept of operations management, this course covers many topics, including the transformation model and micro-processes. The class begins with a discussion of the history of the subject, including the onset of mass production and its effects on a variety of industries. From there, the role of operations managers is examined, as are the various aspects of the operations boundary. This course stresses the fact that operations play an extremely important role in a variety of types of organizations and also highlights the differences between an open and closed systems mentality. 'Understanding Operations Management' is an undergraduate-level OpenCourseWare offered by The Open University's Business and Management Department.

Course materials include online unit notes, a discussion forum and a learning journal. To learn more, visit the managerial operations course page.

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