Top 10 Best Books to Read in Business Operations Research - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Business Operations Research. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement - 30th Anniversary Edition


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Business Operations Research - August 2021

In this intriguing business novel, which illustrates state-of-the-art economic theory, Alex Rogo is a UniCo plant manager whose factory and marriage are failing. To revitalize the plant, he follows piecemeal advice from an elusive former college professor who teaches, for example, that reduction in the efficiency of some plant operations may make the entire operation more productive. Alex's attempts to find the path to profitability and to engage his employees in the struggle involve the listener; and thankfully the authors' economic models, including a game with matchsticks and bowls, are easy to understand. Although some characters are as anonymous as the goods manufactured in the factory, others ring true. In addition, the tender story of Alex and his wife's separation and reconciliation makes a touching contrast to the rest of the book. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the state of the American economy.

  • Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership, Management

                 

2. Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Business Operations Research - August 2021

Winner of the Shingo Publication Award Accelerate your organization to win in the marketplace. How can we apply technology to drive business value? For years, we've been told that the performance of software delivery teams doesn't matter―that it can't provide a competitive advantage to our companies. Through four years of groundbreaking research to include data collected from the State of DevOps reports conducted with Puppet , Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim set out to find a way to measure software delivery performance―and what drives it―using rigorous statistical methods. This book presents both the findings and the science behind that research, making the information accessible for readers to apply in their own organizations. Readers will discover how to measure the performance of their teams, and what capabilities they should invest in to drive higher performance. This book is ideal for management at every level.

  • Author: Nicole Forsgren PhD
  • Publisher: IT Revolution Press; 1st edition (March 27, 2018)
  • Genre: Computers & Technology, Programming
  • ISBN: 978-1942788331
  • Dimensions: 5.89 x 0.85 x 9.09 inches

                 

3. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Business Operations Research - August 2021

The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos. Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now. Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech's other elite innovators -- Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg -- Bezos is a private man. But he stands out for his restless pursuit of new markets, leading Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle and cloud computing, and transforming retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing. The Everything Store will be the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.

  • Author: Brad Stone
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (August 12, 2014)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-0316219280
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.25 x 8.25 inches

                 

4. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Business Operations Research - August 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • More than two million copies in print! The premier resource for how to deliver results in an uncertain world, whether you’re running an entire company or in your first management job. “A must-read for anyone who cares about business.”— The New York Times When Execution was first published, it changed the way we did our jobs by focusing on the critical importance of “the discipline of execution”: the ability to make the final leap to success by actually getting things done. Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan now reframe their empowering message for a world in which the old rules have been shattered, radical change is becoming routine, and the ability to execute is more important than ever. Now and for the foreseeable future: • Growth will be slower. But the company that executes well will have the confidence, speed, and resources to move fast as new opportunities emerge. • Competition will be fiercer , with companies searching for any possible advantage in every area from products and technologies to location and management. • Governments will take on new roles in their national economies , some as partners to business, others imposing constraints. Companies that execute well will be more attractive to government entities as partners and suppliers and better prepared to adapt to a new wave of regulation. • Risk management will become a top priority for every leader . Execution gives you an edge in detecting new internal and external threats and in weathering crises that can never be fully predicted. Execution shows how to link together people, strategy, and operations, the three core processes of every business. Leading these processes is the real job of running a business, not formulating a “vision” and leaving the work of carrying it out to others. Bossidy and Charan show the importance of being deeply and passionately engaged in an organization and why robust dialogues about people, strategy, and operations result in a business based on intellectual honesty and realism. With paradigmatic case histories from the real world—including examples like the diverging paths taken by Jamie Dimon at JPMorgan Chase and Charles Prince at Citigroup— Execution provides the realistic and hard-nosed approach to business success that could come only from authors as accomplished and insightful as Bossidy and Charan.

  • Author: Larry Bossidy
  • Publisher: Currency; 1st edition (June 15, 2002)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Business Culture
  • ISBN: 978-0609610572
  • Dimensions: 5.81 x 1.07 x 9.53 inches

                 

5. Operations and Supply Chain Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know (Self-Learning Management Series)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Business Operations Research - August 2021

After reading this book, you will be able to answer the following questions: What is Operations and Supply Chain Management and why is it important? What are the key functions within this field, and how do they interact with one another and the broader business? What are the responsibilities and decisions that managers in each functional area think about? How will disruptions in the Supply Chain impact the business world and our lives going forward? What are the practical applications of the knowledge gained around Supply Chain Operations? Have you ever wondered what your peers meant by “Supply Chain” or “Operations”, or why either of these fields matter? What about people that work in these roles – what do they actually do? In Operations and Supply Chain Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know these questions will be answered, and more. This practical, yet simple, guide uses a hypothetical company and the consumer product they make, to explain how the various functions within the Supply Chain intertwine and contribute to bring a finished product to life for consumers in the market. You don’t need a management background to understand our story of how new demands, changing preferences, and unforeseen circumstances force this fictional company to adapt in order to survive. By posing questions that Supply Chain Operations Manager’s face, you will start to think like a Supply Chain Operations professional, whether it be in professional or personal applications. You may not be inspired to make a career shift into these areas or chat Supply Chain topics at the dinner table, however, you will gain an understanding and appreciation for how these activities make everyday products and services at our disposal – and why this is increasingly important for companies to pay attention to. About the Series The Self-Learning Management series is designed to help students, new managers, career switchers and entrepreneurs learn essential management lessons. This series is designed to address every aspect of business from HR to Finance to Marketing to Operations, be it any industry. Each book includes basic fundamentals, important concepts, standard and well-known principles as well as practical ways of application of the subject matter. The distinctiveness of the series lies in that all the relevant information is bundled in a compact form that is very easy to interpret.

  • Author: Vibrant Publishers
  • Publisher: Vibrant Publishers; First edition (October 10, 2019)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Marketing & Sales
  • ISBN: 978-1949395242
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.43 x 8.5 inches

                 



6. The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Business Operations Research - August 2021

IDEO, the widely admired, award-winning design and development firm that brought the world the Apple mouse, Polaroid's I-Zone instant camera, the Palm V, and hundreds of other cutting-edge products and services, reveals its secrets for fostering a culture and process of continuous innovation. There isn't a business in America that doesn't want to be more creative in its thinking, products, and processes. At many companies, being first with a concept and first to market are critical just to survive. In The Art of Innovation , Tom Kelley, general manager of the Silicon Valley based design firm IDEO, takes listeners behind the scenes of this wildly imaginative and energized company to reveal the strategies and secrets it uses to turn out hit after hit. IDEO doesn't buy into the myth of the lone genius working away in isolation, waiting for great ideas to strike. Kelley believes everyone can be creative, and the goal at his firm is to tap into that wellspring of creativity in order to make innovation a way of life. How does it do that? IDEO fosters an atmosphere conducive to freely expressing ideas, breaking the rules, and freeing people to design their own work environments. IDEO's focus on teamwork generates countless breakthroughs, fueled by the constant give-and-take among people ready to share ideas and reap the benefits of the group process. IDEO has created an intense, quick-turnaround, brainstorm-and-build process dubbed "the Deep Dive." In entertaining anecdotes, Kelley illustrates some of his firm's own successes (and joyful failures), as well as pioneering efforts at other leading companies. The book reveals how teams research and immerse themselves in every possible aspect of a new product or service, examining it from the perspective of clients, consumers, and other critical audiences. Kelley takes the listener through the IDEO problem-solving method: Carefully observing the behavior or "anthropology" of the people who will be using a product or service Brainstorming with high-energy sessions focused on tangible results Quickly prototyping ideas and designs at every step of the way Cross-pollinating to find solutions from other fields Taking risks, and failing your way to success Building a "Greenhouse" for innovation IDEO has won more awards in the last ten years than any other firm of its kind, and a full half-hour Nightline presentation of its creative process received one of the show's highest ratings. The Art of Innovation will provide business leaders with the insights and tools they need to make their companies the leading-edge, top-rated stars of their industries.

  • Author: Tom Kelley
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Decorative Arts & Design, Industrial & Product Design

                 

7. Inventory Optimization: Models and Simulations


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Business Operations Research - August 2021

In this book . . . Nicolas Vandeput hacks his way through the maze of quantitative supply chain optimizations. This book illustrates how the quantitative optimization of 21st century supply chains should be crafted and executed. . . . Vandeput is at the forefront of a new and better way of doing supply chains, and thanks to a richly illustrated book, where every single situation gets its own illustrating code snippet, so could you . --Joannes Vermorel, CEO, Lokad Inventory Optimization argues that mathematical inventory models can only take us so far with supply chain management. In order to optimize inventory policies, we have to use probabilistic simulations. The book explains how to implement these models and simulations step-by-step, starting from simple deterministic ones to complex multi-echelon optimization. The first two parts of the book discuss classical mathematical models, their limitations and assumptions, and a quick but effective introduction to Python is provided. Part 3 contains more advanced models that will allow you to optimize your profits, estimate your lost sales and use advanced demand distributions. It also provides an explanation of how you can optimize a multi-echelon supply chain based on a simpleyet powerfulframework. Part 4 discusses inventory optimization thanks to simulations under custom discrete demand probability functions. Inventory managers, demand planners and academics interested in gaining cost-effective solutions will benefit from the "do-it-yourself" examples and Python programs included in each chapter.

  • Author: Nicolas Vandeput
  • Publisher: De Gruyter; 1st edition (August 24, 2020)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership
  • ISBN: 978-3110673913
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches

                 

8. HBR Guide to Data Analytics Basics for Managers (HBR Guide Series)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Business Operations Research - August 2021

Don't let a fear of numbers hold you back. Today's business environment brings with it an onslaught of data. Now more than ever, managers must know how to tease insight from data--to understand where the numbers come from, make sense of them, and use them to inform tough decisions. How do you get started? Whether you're working with data experts or running your own tests, you'll find answers in the HBR Guide to Data Analytics Basics for Managers . This book describes three key steps in the data analysis process, so you can get the information you need, study the data, and communicate your findings to others. You'll learn how to: Identify the metrics you need to measure Run experiments and A/B tests Ask the right questions of your data experts Understand statistical terms and concepts Create effective charts and visualizations Avoid common mistakes

  • Author: Harvard Business Review
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (April 3, 2018)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Mathematics
  • ISBN: 978-1633694286
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.75 x 9 inches

                 

9. The Tyranny of Metrics


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Business Operations Research - August 2021

How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens business, medicine, education, government―and the quality of our lives Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. But in our zeal to instill the evaluation process with scientific rigor, we've gone from measuring performance to fixating on measuring itself―and this tyranny of metrics now threatens the quality of our organizations and lives. In this brief, accessible, and powerful book, Jerry Muller uncovers the damage metrics are causing and shows how we can begin to fix the problem. Filled with examples from business, medicine, education, government, and other fields, the book explains why paying for measured performance doesn't work, why surgical scorecards may increase deaths, and much more. But Muller also shows that, when used as a complement to judgment based on personal experience, metrics can be beneficial, and he includes an invaluable checklist of when and how to use them. The result is an essential corrective to a harmful trend that increasingly affects us all.

  • Author: Jerry Z. Muller
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (April 30, 2019)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Mathematics
  • ISBN: 978-0691191911
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches

                 

10. Unlocking Lean Six Sigma: A Competency-Based Approach to Applying Continuous Process Improvement Principles and Best Practices


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Business Operations Research - August 2021

A Comprehensive Methodology for Managing Work Processes for Optimal Success Lean Six Sigma is a method and strategy that supports individuals and project management teams as they pinpoint problems and implement work process improvements. You don’t need to be an engineer to apply these practical principles and tools, and you can use them in any organization and industry. The fact is, applying Lean Six Sigma is easier to use than you think, and the guide will show you how. As the legendary management guru Peter Drucker said, “ There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all .” Unlocking Lean Six Sigma takes the best of the Lean method for waste reduction and continuous improvement and pairs it with the variation and quality control methods of Six Sigma. The result is a comprehensive methodology that supports you in managing work processes for optimal success. This easy-to-use competency-based guide is a how-to manual. You can use it for self-paced learning and also in project teams. Each of the key concepts described in Unlocking Lean Six Sigma gives you a bite-sized chunk of key information. But the ideas are not just explained. Each concept includes: Worksheets showing how you can develop what you learned in your environment. Illustrations showing how an analyst would approach using the tools. Charts and other visual tools to ensure the highest, fastest levels of comprehension and retention. Several links to other professional resources such as videos and website with useful information. Process improvement case scenarios that highlight how the ideas you learned about were used by others. What to do tips to further cement your learning. Practice questions and places where you can document what you learned and how you might use it in your job. At the end of the guide, you’ll find a 120-question knowledge test that allows you to self-test how well you understood the material. Optionally, if you want to earn professional development hours (PDHs) or a Lean Sigma credential, you can do so through Centrestar. For more information, see the Earn PDHs and a Lean Sigma Yellow Belt Credential section in the guide. In a jargon-crowded field, words like Lean and Six Sigma can be intimidating for both beginners and experienced users. Don’t worry, Unlocking Lean Six Sigma is written in plain language and packed with straight-forward examples. This easy-to-follow guide provides you with tools and techniques for implementing Lean Six Sigma and managing change initiatives. Valuable Professional Development Including Lean Six Sigma skills on your resume will get you noticed! Every organization seeks to provide exceptional products and service to customers, and to do it efficiently and cost effectively. This practical guide is for individuals who want to advance their professional skills, want rewarding careers, and want to have their coworkers and managers view them as effective contributors who step up to help guide projects and ensure success. Organizational leaders want individuals who are passionate about their jobs, can work collaboratively in a team, and strive to continuously improve. This book can help you do all those things. The Unlocking Lean Six Sigma approach has helped thousands of people and organizations achieve success. It will help you too.

  • Author: Dr. Wesley E. Donahue
  • Publisher: Independently published (January 18, 2021)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership
  • ISBN: 979-8594575363
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches