© 1993

Perspectives in Operations Management

Essays in Honor of Elwood S. Buffa

  • Rakesh K. Sarin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Strategic Issues in Operations Management

  3. Operations Management Interfaces

  4. Models for Production and Operations Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Gabriel R. Bitran, Sriram Dasu, Stephen M. Gilbert
      Pages 211-228
    3. Steven Nahmias, Stephen A. Smith
      Pages 249-278

About this book


In the fall of 1992 a conference honoring Elwood S. Buffa was held at the Anderson Graduate School of Management of the University of California, Los Angeles. This book is a collection of the work presented at that conference. The scholars who gathered to honor El are the prominent researchers in the field of Operations Management. Their collective work published in this book represents the richness of the field and provides the reader with valuable insights into its important issues and problems. While any grouping of the articles by these distinguished scholars will be arbitrary, I have organized the book in four sections. In the first section the articles dealing with the strategic issues in Operations Management are compiled. The articles deal with continuous improvement, quality, services, supply chain management, and creating value through operations. The articles that explore the interface of Operations Management with other functional areas, e.g. engineering and marketing, are grouped in the second section. The third section of the book contains articles that attempt to model some important planning problems that arise in the management of production and operations. Some of the papers in this section provide state of the art reviews of selected topic areas. Finally, the fourth section contains articles that deal with future directions for Operations Management. The authors offer several insights into the future evolution of the field. The book begins with the keynote address given by El Buffa at the start of the conference on November 2, 1991.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rakesh K. Sarin
    • 1
  1. 1.Anderson Graduate School of ManagementUCLALos AngelesUSA

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