15.761 Operations Management

Summer 2002

Trees being sold for $100 each.
Illustration showing a portion of the "Newsvendor Model," a classic trade-off situation explained in Lecture 11. (Image courtesy of Prof. Thomas Roemer and MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

Lecture notes help explain the content of Operations Management. They also include opportunities for dialogue and discussion, some of which are marked by black slides in the presentations. Written assignments for this course are provided along with the spreadsheets needed to complete them.

Course Description

This course will introduce concepts and techniques for design, planning and control of manufacturing and service operations. The course provides basic definitions of operations management terms, tools and techniques for analyzing operations, and strategic context for making operational decisions. We present the material in five modules:
  1. Operations Analysis
  2. Coordination and Planning
  3. Quality Management
  4. Project Management
  5. Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files.

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*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Thomas Roemer
Prof. Donald Rosenfield 

Course Meeting Times

Twenty-five sessions for 10 weeks
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate