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Operations Management, Compulsory readings for PhD students

For all those who have not learnt Operations Management formerly, the book Krajewski/Ritzman/

Operations Management, 12th edition, Pearson, 2018, is recommended before turning to
these readings. The semester paper should be around 5-6 page long and must discuss operations
related questions and topics raised by the papers below. The writing style of the semester paper
should follow the “Management Science” style, i.e. it must be clear for readers what is the
contribution of the author of the semester paper to the topic and what thoughts come from other
papers on your reference list.

The semester paper should reflect your knowledge and deep
understanding of the issues contained in the articles below. (Harvard case studies or articles can be
purchased online. Go to:

  1. Operations Strategy I.:
  • Collis-Montgomery: Competing on Resources: Strategy in the 1990s,
    Harvard Business Review (HBR) , 1995, July-August, 118-128
  • Porter: What is strategy, HBR, 1996, November-December, 61-78.
  • Kaplan, R.S. and D.P. Norton: Mastering the management system, HBR, 2008,
    January, 63-78.
  • Martin, R. L.: The high price of efficiency, HBR, Jan-Feb, 2019, 43-55
  • Porter, M. E. and J. W. Rivkin: The Looming Challenge to U.S. Competitiveness,
    HBR, 2012, March, 55-62.
  1. Operations Strategy II. :
  • Hayes-Pisano: Beyond World-Class: The New Manufacturing
    Strategy, HBR, 1994 Jan-Feb, 77-86.
  • Fisher: What is the Right Supply Chain for Your Product? HBR, 1997, March-April, 105-116
  • Wise, R. and P. Baumgartner: Go downstream. The new imperative in manufacturing,
    HBR, Sept-Oct, 1999
  • Pisano, G. P. and W. C. Shih: Restoring American Competitiveness, HBR, July-Aug,
  1. 114-125
  2. Innovation:
  • Siebel Systems: Organizing for the Customer, Harvard Case Study (HCS), 9-103-014
  • Pisano, G., You need an innovation strategy, HBR, June 2015, 44-54.
  • Christensen et al.: One more time: What is disruptive innovation? HBR, Dec 2015, 44- 53
  • Lakhani K. R. et al: X: The Foghorn Decision, 2018, HBS case: 9-618-060
  • Zeng, M.: Alibaba and the future of Business, HBR, Sept-Oct, 2018, 88-96
  1. Aggregate planning:
  • Dawar, N.: When marketing is strategy, HBR, December, 2013
  • Fisher et. al.: Making Supply Meet Demand in an Uncertain World,
    HBR, 1994 May-June, 83-93
  • Hax-Candea: Production Planning, Irwin, 1986, pages 69-88, (or Vörös:
    Termelés management, PTE, 1993, pages 37-71, 80-90), or any recent OM book
  • Yuan Sun, I.: The world’s next great manufacturing center, HBR, 2017, May-June, 124-129
  • Vörös, J.: Revisiting the dynamic price-quality relationship, 2019, submitted
  1. Inventory Management:
  • Barilla A, HBCase 9_694-046
  • Krajewski-Ritzman-Malhotra: Operations Management, Prentice Hall, 10th ed. 2013.
    pages 327-379
  • Hax-Candea: Production Planning, Irwin, 1986, pages 88-92, 135-142, 146-147 (or Vörös:
    Termelés management, PTE, 1993, pages 235-258, 264-277)
  • Vörös J.: Economic order and production quantity models without constraint on the percentage
    of defective items, 2013, Central European Journal of Operations Research, 21(4) pp.
  • Hauck, Zs. and J. Vörös, 2015, Lot sizing in case of defective items with investments to
    increase the speed of quality control, OMEGA, The International Journal of Management
    Science 52(2015), 180-189
  1. JIT:
  • Toyota Manufacturing Company, (HCS)
  • Sakakibara at al: Just in Time Manufacturing and Its Infrastructure,
    Management Science, 1997. Sept., 1246-1258
  • Watanabe, K.: Lessons form Toyota’s Long Drive, HBR, 2007, July-Aug, 74-83
  • Vörös, J and G. Rappai: Process quality adjusted lot sizing and marketing interface in JIT
    environment, 2016, Applied Mathematical Modelling, 40(13–14), 6708–6724
  1. TQM:
  • Sadun R, N. Bloom and J. van Reenen: Why do we undervalue competent management?, HBR,
    2017, Sept-Oct, 121-127
  • Vörös, J.: Multi-period models for analyzing the dynamics of process improvement
    activities, 2013, European Journal of Operational Journal, 230, pp. 615-623
  • Wheelwright-Hayes: Competing through manufacturing, HBR, 1985 Jan-Feb, 99-108
  1. Competing through operations:
  • Porter, M. and J. Heppelmann,: How smart, connected products are transforrming companies,
    HBR, Oct 2015, 97- 114
  • D’Aveni, R. A.: The 3-D printing playbook, HBR, 2018, July-Aug, 106-114.
  • Pisano, G. P. and W. C. Shih: Does America Really Need Manufacturing? HBR,
    March, 2012, 94-102
  • Vörös: The Dynamics of Price, Quality and Productivity Improvement Decisions, European
    Journal of Operational Research, 2006, 809-823.
  1. Service Management:
  • Fisher, M., V. Gaur, H. Kleinberger: Curing the addiction to growth, HBR, 2017, January, 66-74
  • Haskett Putting Service-Profit Chain to Work, HBR, 1994 March-April, 164-174
  • Lafley, A.G. and R. L. Martin: Customer loyalty is overrated, HBR, 2017. January, 46-53
  • Gunther McGrath, R.: Transient advantage, HBR, 2013. June
  • Sawhney, M.: Putting products into services, HBR, Sept, 2016, 82-89
  1. Supply Chain Management:
  • Villena, V. H. and D. A. Gioia: A more sustainable supply chain, HBS, 2020, March-April,
    84- 93
  • Krajewski-Ritzman-Malhotra: Operations Management, Prentice Hall, 10th ed. 2013.
    pages 379- 405, 431-483
  • Palepu, K. G. et al: Ant Financial, 2018, HBS case: 9-617-060
  • Porter, M. and J. Heppelmann,: Why every organization needs an augmented reality strategy,
    HBR, Nov-Dec 2017, 46-57
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