7 Best Operations Management Books CEOs Read

Want to improve your operations but don't have time to read traditional operations management textbooks? Here we'll show you 7 best operations management books.

Finding the Best Operations Management Books

Are you an operations management executive who is trying to learn how to use operations management tools and techniques? If so, we believe the books on operations management are the ideal resource for you. However, if you're a busy operations leader who would like to formulate sound operations strategies, we believe you need different resources. But, what kind of OM book is used in the real world by successful and influential business leaders?

Ranking Factors of Operations Management Books

In order to provide the list of top books to recommend, first, we exclude certain types of books such as operations research, production systems, procurement, decision sciences, and of course, the books on operations management themselves. The reason is that we believe they are not practical enough for busy executives. Then, we use these criteria to rank the books on operations management:

- Citation Analysis: we gather the list of books by searching on Google Scholar. Then check how many times each book is cited by other publications (citation analysis). This citation may include citations from publications beyond books on operations management.

- Book Awards: we also gather the list of books by checking the book awards by the world's leading newspapers and magazines.

- Endorsements: we conduct a search over the internet to find out if some business leaders and CEOs ever mention anything about the books on operations management. We've found that there is a mix of both "classic" books on operations management and non-traditional OM books.

- Year of Publication: we check the year of publication. We include older books only if the concept doesn't change much and the application stands the test of time.

- Editorial Decision: we make a final cut based on the editorial decision.

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Best Operations Management Books are as below:

  1. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

  2. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

  3. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

  4. Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution

  5. Competing Against Time: How Time-Based Competition is Reshaping Global Markets

  6. The Six Sigma Way: How to Maximize the Impact of Your Change and Improvement Efforts

  7. The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

Do you like operations management books on this list?


- Sodhi, M. S., & Tang, C. S. (2008). The OR/MS ecosystem: Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Operations Research, 56(2), 267-277.

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Last review and update: July 5, 2022
About the Author and Editor:
Ben Benjabutr is the author and editor of Supply Chain Opz. He holds an M.Sc. in Logistics Management with 10+ years of experience. You can contact him via e-mail or Twitter.