Operations Management Curriculum Development

Although the field of the operations management is rooted back to the time of the industrial revolution in the late 1700’s, the official introduction of this field to the curriculum at the prominent business schools in the United States was not materialized until the middle of the twentieth century. However, it is becomes very clear after scanning through the evolution and the development of those operations management curriculums at various educational institutions that this discipline has gone through so many shifts throughout its history.

The following list is a chronological curriculum development of the operations management:

  • In 1940’s, the operations management (OM) discipline at Harvard business school was mainly focused on the principles set forth by Frederick Taylor through his work on the principles of the scientific management.
  • In the 1960’s, the operations management (OM) discipline at various business schools was greatly influenced by the industrial engineering’s teachings and concepts. Most of the relevant books during that era were filled with methods such as, time study, Simo‐ charts, and many various tools used for industrial engineering.
  • In the 1970’s & 1980’s, the curriculum of the operations management (OM) made a shift towards the exploration of the operations research. Even though the industry was quick to develop and implement the models and the tools used in the operations research field, the academia lagged the industry by a couple of decades to fully include those operational research tools, methods, and models into their curriculum.
  • In the 1990’s and the 2000’s, the operations management (OM) discipline started to include the new concepts from that era, such as supply chain management (SCM), organizational transformation, the concepts of six‐sigma, and service management.
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