BOOK REVIEW
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Book: A Manual On: PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT. Author: Prof Dr. Khawaja Amjad Saeed. Edition: 2004. Price: Rs. 95. Published By: Institute of Business Management, GPO BOX No. 1164, Lahore

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Aug 09 - 15, 2004
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At present, Pakistan is facing several challenges. These can be met with an assured confidence by pursuing enlightened strategy, sound tactics and workable operational aspects. The economy of a country has three constituents namely agriculture, manufacturing (including mining) and services sector. All these sectors require an overhaul. In agriculture, we need to bring more area under production and achieve a breakthrough in productivity so that Pakistan becomes food center for Asia. In manufacturing sector, we need to achieve Efficiency, Effectiveness and Economy. The services sector require considerable improvement. These challenges can be met through efficient and practical Production and Operations Management strategies.

The subject entitled: Production and Operation Management is being currently taught in various business, commerce and banking schools. Moreover, this is the subject of significant interest to engineers, business executives, production managers, supervisors and even knowledgeable workers. The teaching is being conducted through foreign text books. Prof. Dr. Khawaja Amjad Saeed has been teaching the above course ion various business schools and in Quality Management Division of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, University of the Punjab, Lahore at the Master's and Doctoral levels. He has prepared a manual on book entitled: "Production and Operations Management" by Alan Muhlemann, John Oakland and Keith Lockyer all from Bradford University, UK. This not only includes application of quantitative tools but also includes some cases for analysis.

The manual consists of five sections as per following details:

1) ARTICLES: Various articles presented by the author in various Management Development Programs and published in various journals.

2) CONCEPTS AFFECTING OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT: Environment Factors, Decision Making, Quality Circles, Project Management, Innovation Checklist.

3) QUANTITATIVE TOOLS: Breakeven Analysis, Sensitivity Test Exercise, Production Capacity Utilization, Inventory Management, Project Appraisal.

4) CASES: Seven cases from home and SAARC Countries have also been included to develop analytical thinking by the students.

5) MASTER OF TRANSPARENCIES: Last section includes Master of the Transparencies prepared by Prof. Dr. Khawaja Amjad Saeed in respect of the text book entitled: "Production & Operations Management" by Alan Muhlemann, Hohn Oakland & Keith Lockyer all from Bradford University, UK.

Readership will include business executives, persons dealing with industrial, production and service sector matters, chief executives, students pursuing master degree courses in commerce, management, business and public administration and professional courses (Chartered/Cost & Management Accounting, Corporate/Chartered Managers, etc.). Besides it will also help the students while preparing for examinations.

We congratulate the author for contributing the above manual and we hope that readers will greatly benefit from the enriched topics included in the contents mentioned above.

We congratulate the author and wish him success in future.