01 March 2010
If we look at the number and life span of “new” approaches to operations management (and how managers choose among them) over the last few decades, we might conclude that it is more like following the fashion trends than a scientific methodology. The authors of this extremely valuable book, Factory Physics ® (Hopp & Spearman. 2008. New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin) present a comprehensive, yet accessible, text on operations management. They show that, despite the weaknesses of any one method, the greatest value-add lies in knowing which methods to use in your business.