Introduction to Operations Management


Stanford School of Engineering


Whether you are a major manufacturer or a small business owner, understanding the principles of operations management is critical to success. This course provides an introduction to a broad range of issues in operations management for both production and service industries. Learn key strategies of operations management including effective planning, scheduling and control.


  • 1 year of college level calculus (through calculus of several variables, such as CME110 or MATH51)
  • Background in statistics, probability and experience with spreadsheets 
  • An undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or equivalent

Topics include

  • Supply chain management
  • Determination of optimal facility location
  • Production planning and lot sizing
  • Optimal timing and sizing of capacity expansion
  • Inventory control
  • Consumer satisfaction

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