Operations Management

Operations specialists work to find the best, most efficient way to structure a supply chain, from retail companies and manufacturers to airlines, hospitals, restaurants, governments and nonprofits.

The business world is constantly grappling with questions such as "How much product should we make, and when?” and “How many employees do we need, and how do we lay out a room to fit them?” Valued members of any business team, operations managers answer questions such as these.

What You Study

Operations management courses are offered by the Operations and Supply Chain Management Department with a curriculum that will teach you the fundamental concepts and practical analytical tools, like statistics and computer technology that help managers make better operational decisions.

Coursework will enable you to understand, analyze and improve all types of processes in order to improve organizational competitiveness in terms of cost, quality, flexibility, delivery, innovation and service.

How We Support Your Learning

Students in operations management are assigned to a faculty member as their major adviser—deeply experienced professionals well versed in the operations world, and in what students need to do to excel in it. Many students also gain experience by networking with Twin Cities professionals through internships and the activities of the Supply Chain and Operations Club.

Typical Operations Management Jobs

Material ordering analyst
Supply chain analyst
Production supervisor
Systems analyst