CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD Review and Discussion Questions 1. What is the difference between OM and OR/MS? Between OM and IE? Operations Management (OM) is a synthesis of concepts and techniques that relate directly to production systems and enhance their management. Operations Management has a distinct management role that differentiates it from OR and IE. Operations Managers use the tools of OR in decision making and are concerned with many of the same issues as Industrial Engineers. Operations Research/Management Science (OR/MS) is a branch of applied mathematics, while Industrial Engineering (IE) is an engineering discipline. 2. How would you distinguish OM from management and organizational behavior as taught at your university? Management and organizational behavior is concerned with the formulation of corporate strategic policy. Operations Management is concerned with the operations strategy, which specifies how the firm will employ its production capabilities to support its corporate strategy.
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