The good, the bad and operations management

03 December 2014

Few parts of a business can suffer from greater inefficiencies than the management of resources in production and delivery. But you can tackle these problems head-on with the expertise you get from a good operations management course.

When it comes to operations you’ll be looking at the activities, decisions and responsibilities of managing the resources that are dedicated to the production and delivery of products and services. It's a big task and chances are it won’t be easy.

But that shouldn't put you off the challenge. Contrary to opinion it's a fascinating and dynamic field. You’ll have the opportunity of looking at every aspect of manufacturing a product, how materials are used and how well activities are carried out. And if you have a creative streak in you there’s definitely a chance for coming up with innovative solutions.

And it’s not only your organisation that benefits. When terms like ‘quality control’, ‘inventory management’, ‘aggregate planning’ and ‘materials requirement planning’ are in your field of expertise, a world of employment and salary advantages can open for you.

All in all, once you understand these aspects of a business, you'll be ahead of the curve. Because of its complexity and importance, you’ll be an asset to almost any organisation.

An Operations Management programme is offered by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) through the Business School at Varsity College as well as other short learning programmes. All of these short learning programmes have been designed specifically for working adults. In other words, you can fit the classes around your already busy schedule.

The Business School is part of Varsity College, an educational brand of The IIE.  The IIE is registered as a Private Higher Education Institution with the Department of Higher Education and Training under the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997. The IIE is South Africa’s largest independent provider of tertiary education.

If you’re interested in this programme, or any other programme contact The Business School or visit our website at

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