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Operations Management

A Research Overview, 1st Edition

By Michael A. Lewis


152 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138490628
pub: 2019-12-04
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Operations Management (OM) is a multi-faceted blend of myriad academic and practical disciplines - from engineering and economics via mathematics and marketing, to systems and psychology. To present a state of the art, the book presents contemporary scholarship as an imaginary exhibit, each chapter a thematic ‘gallery’) curated to illustrate the breadth of the field and connect with its extended lineage.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, the book provides an inspirational introduction to contemporary scholarship in one of the oldest business and management disciplines; OM builds on fundamental, universal, human and organizational principles. To offer the reader a thought-provoking point of entry into the selected OM sub-fields (process; planning and control; people; strategy and measurement; technology) each chapter, or gallery, is introduced by a description of some extraordinary artwork, artefacts, paintings, sculptures and architecture.

The content has been curated around three principles intended to be benefit to the casual reader and both new and established OM scholars. First, it incorporates works that build on, or help to distinguish, fundamental tenets from more transitory fads. Second, the text makes significant efforts to try and better balance non-manufacturing (i.e., given the gravitational pull of the factory, not an accurate representation of the majority of the field) and three, to try to keep managerial rather than technical/analytical concerns to the fore.

This concise book provides a useful overview of current and classic OM research. Written by a leading authority, it is intended to be valuable and engaging resource for both students and scholars of business.


"Collating the ‘state of the art’ for a diverse field like OM, that has always combined a wide range of social science and engineering scholarship, is a really challenging task. This engaging book succeeds by adopting a novel perspective inspired by the process of curation in the visual arts. The reader is engaged in detailed discussion of the past, present and potential future of OM research though a series of chapters, each framed by analogous reflections on some extraordinary artistic masterpieces." — Professor Matthias Holweg, American Standard Companies Professor of Operations Management, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, U.K.

"Regardless of whether you are new PhD student or experienced faculty member, or just someone who wants to get to grips with where the field of Operations Management ‘is at’, I strongly recommend you read Michael Lewis’ new text as it paints a stimulating picture of the ‘state of the art’." — Professor Andy Neely,Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. Process

3. Planning and control

4. People

5. Strategy and measurement

6. Technology

7. The future: Gesamtkunstwerk or just more collage?


About the Author

Michael A. Lewis is Professor of Operations and Supply Management at the University of Bath. He is the author of numerous articles and books.

About the Series

State of the Art in Business Research

Advances in theory, methods and applied knowledge alongside structural changes in the global economic ecosystem, present researchers with challenges in seeking to stay abreast of their fields and navigate new scholarly terrains.

This series presents shortform books which provide an expert map to guide readers through new and rapidly evolving areas of research. Each title will provide an overview of the area, a guide to the key literature along with  time-saving summaries of how theory interacts with practice.

As a collection, these books provide a library of theoretical and conceptual insights into business research. Each book contributes to an understanding of the state of the art, as a foundation stone for a new generation of research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Operations Research