Operations Management Heizer - the Best OM Book of All Time?

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

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 book, 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.

Which is the Best Operations Management Textbook?
There are at least 8 major OM books 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. The chart below is how we will evaluate this book in details,

Operations Management Heizer Review Criteria

1. Citation Analysis
Citation Analysis is the way to determine how an influential book is by checking how many times each book is cited by other publications.

Operations Management Heizer Citation Analysis
The chart below is the citation counts of Operations Management Heizer including all previous versions. At the time of writing, this book is ranked among the top OM books by citations.

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

3. Content Mapping
We try to determine how extensive Operations Management Heizer is by mapping the contents of with other 2 OM books 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 Operations Management Heizer covers a lot of ground when compared with other OM books (another book chooses not to cover about human resource management and work measurement, but focuses more extensively from the supply chain management perspective).

4. Number of Case Studies
To bridge the gap between theories and real-world practices, Operations Management Heizer uses 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

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

5. Version History
The number of editions or version history indicates how well each book performs, the more edition/update the better. We've found that Operations Management Heizer 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, Operations Management Heizer have copies in 440 locations worldwide for all versions.

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