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Understanding operations management
Understanding operations management

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3 The transformation model

3.1 The transformation model

The discussion above has highlighted the role of operations in creating and delivering the goods and services produced by an organisation for its customers. This section introduces the transformation model for analysing operations. This is shown in Figure 1, which represents the three components of operations: inputs, transformation processes and outputs. Operations management involves the systematic direction and control of the processes that transform resources (inputs) into finished goods or services for customers or clients (outputs). This basic transformation model applies equally in manufacturing and service organisations and in both the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Figure 1
Figure 1 The transformation model

Let's look at each of the components of Figure 1 in a little more detail.