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Operations and project management

Operations management is the discipline of how resources are managed to achieve efficient on-going production/provision of goods and services. Project management is the discipline of planning, organising and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of one-off projects. The curriculum promotes understanding of operational and project decisions in managing a business in primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.

Operations and project management decisions should be linked with other functional areas of a business, such as marketing and people. It can usefully be taught alongside marketing, since many of the ideas are inter-linked. Operations and project decisions should be seen in the context of the other factors influencing a business, such as available finance, impact on employees and external factors.

Although operations management is often seen in the context of manufacturing processes, the ideas apply equally well in services such as retailing.


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