Some suggested books for further reading on the topics covered in the course, including a mix of academic and practical texts.


Womack and Jones were co-writers in 1990 of The Machine That Changed The World, the book on the auto industry that popularised the concept of Lean. Lean Thinking is the clearest description by them of Lean as an approach to operations strategy applicable across almost any organisation or sector.
There are dozens of “how to” books for Lean practitioners. Bicheno and Holweg’s text is a good introduction to the range of techniques used within Lean projects.

Enterprise Resources Planning

Operations management textbooks almost invariably give too litle space to the use of Enterprise Resources planning systems and books on ERP are often tied to the systems of specific vendors. Monk and Wagner’s book is a clear insight into the use of ERP systems.
The critical academic literature on ERP is not wide. This book is an excellent description and anlysis of the development of ERP packages and their implementation in organisations drawing on concepts from the sociology of technology. In particular it surveys the critical literature on ERP available at the time of publication and links ERP with wider debates in the academic study of information systems.

Balanced Scorecard

Kaplan and Norton first described the Balanced Scorecard in the Harvard Business Review in 1992. The article was extended into this book, detonating the explosion of interest in BSC.

Hoshin Kanri

There are not many books avaiable on Hoshin Kanri, but Jackson’s book is the clearest and usefully devlops its links to the Lean orgnisation.


Chesbrough has been the key writer in the popularising of Open Innovation, and this book is the clearest introduction to his descripion of the phenomenom and justification for its significance.
Van Hippel puts forward a theoretically grounded argument for the involvement of users in innovation. As one would expect fr a text arguing about the importance of the Creative Commons, the text is avaiable free for download and e-readers.
Cognitive Surplus takes the thesis put forward by Van Hippel a stage further, uncovering how the main locus of innovation is increasingly among self-organised communities.


In Organized Uncertainty Power develops the arguments he put forward in his earlier book, The AUdit Society, critically describing how the management of risk has become increasingly central and critically discussing the dangers in managing risk through auditable management systems.
The practical management of operational risk is an area of ever-growing importance, but neglected in most operations management textbooks. Blunden and Thirwell prrovide an up-to-date and fairly comprehensive coverage of the techniques applied in the management of operational risk.