Book Review: Operations Management Heizer

A comprehensive review of Operations Management by Jay Heizer, Barry Render and Chuck Munson 12th edition (standalone version) or Operations Management Heizer.

Is Operations Management Important?

From where we stand, operations management is the most practical subject you should study. We entered the business world with a liberal arts degree. With the help of OM textbook, we learned how the products and services were designed, produced and delivered to customers in a systematic manner. Moreover, many operations management tools are quite easy to use. We were able to slash new product development timing by 3 weeks by spending just 3 hours to learn more about project management concept.

Is Operations Management Heizer the best operations management textbook?

There are at least 8 major OM textbooks on the market to choose from. In this article, we will evaluate the Operations Management by Jay Heizer, Barry Render and Chuck Munson 12th edition (standalone version) or Operations Management Heizer in short. Here is how we will evaluate this textbook in details,

Operations Management Heizer Review Criteria

1. Citation Analysis: Citation Analysis is the way to determine how an influential textbook is by checking how many times each textbook is cited by other publications. At the time of writing, this textbook is ranked among the top OM textbooks by citations.

2. Sales Rank: Sales Rank on Amazon.com is another indication that helps us determine how well each textbook is. Since there are at least 2 editions available for purchase concurrently, we pick the ranking of the latest edition (12th edition). This textbook has been consistently ranked among top 100 of Business and Finance>Management category.

3. Content Mapping: We try to determine how extensive textbook is by mapping the contents of with other 2 OM textbooks as below,

- Operations Strategy
- Project Management
- Product/Service Design
- Quality/Process/Maintenance Management
- Location/Layout Strategy
- Human Resource Management
- Supply Chain Management
- Inventory Management, Forecasting, Requirement Planning
- Lean Manufacturing
- Linear Programming (Transportation/Waiting-Line Model)
- Simulation

The finding is that this textbook covers a lot of ground when compared with other OM textbooks (another textbook chooses not to cover about human resource management and work measurement, but focuses more extensively from the supply chain management perspective).

4. The Number of Case Studies: To bridge the gap between theories and real-world practices, this textbook uses the case method to show learners how to apply the difficult concept. We've found that there are many interesting case studies from some of the world's leading companies as below,

- Boing
- Frito-Lay
- Harley-Davidson
- Toyota Motor
- Amazon.com
- Reebox
- FedEx
- McDonald's

This textbook utilizes cases from Harvard Business Publishing which is regarded as the gold standard for the case study method (other Om textbooks use some case studies from the lesser-known companies).

5. Version History: The number of editions or version history indicates how well each textbook performs, the more edition/update the better. We've found that this textbook has been updated every 2-3 years, so you don't have to worry if some concepts are obsolete.

6. Number of Copies in Libraries: Most textbooks will be purchased for libraries throughout the world. In this case, we track the number of copies in libraries via Worldcat.org. We've found that, at the time of writing, this textbook has copies in 440 locations worldwide for all versions.

Our Opinion: Operations Management Heizer is the best OM textbook of all time.



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Last review and update: September 16, 2019
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