This text provides informative, short introductions to the core concepts of Operations Management. This text contains more than 50 concept entries and is fully cross-referenced.An outstanding reference for Operations Management students at all levels. 



Throughput is the maximum possible rate of use of an operations system when taking into account all the factors constraining production.

Historical Origins

In the 1970s, many manufacturing researchers started to work on optimised production technology (OPT). The idea behind OPT was to apply optimisation techniques to maximise productivity and flow. Although the OPT label is still used today, it has to a large extent been replaced by the work of Goldratt. In 1984, Goldratt and Cox published a business novel which suggested a new approach to improving performance in a manufacturing organisation. This book was extremely successful and Goldratt went on to publish several other books which either expanded the underlying ‘theory of constraints’ or discussed its application in a non-manufacturing environment, such as marketing, ...

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