Issue: Dec 2009


Second Edition of Influential "APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK) Framework"



New Edition Connects Operations Management Body of Knowledge to Job Titles and Non-Manufacturing Industries

by Rob White

APICS The Association for Operations Management, the global leader in supply chain and operations management certification, education, and membership, released the second edition of the trusted and widely used "APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK) Framework," which defines the scope of the operations management profession and provides a dynamic resource and framework to understand the field of operations management today and for years to come.

The latest edition of the APICS OMBOK Framework introduces new features, including two appendices that feature tables illustrating the relevancy of the APICS OMBOK Framework to specific job titles, including supply chain manager and materials manager, and to industries outside manufacturing, such as distribution, health care, retail, utilities, and hospitality.

"This new edition of the APICS OMBOK Framework connects the knowledge and competencies required to be effective in the operations management field to the daily work of professionals around the globe," said Dan Castle, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, chair of the 2009 APICS Body of Knowledge Committee. "It helps operations and supply chain management professionals apply their knowledge to their work."

"APICS education provides operations professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to positively impact the bottom line," said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. "The second edition of the APICS OMBOK Framework also connects the knowledge and skills to specific job functions and non-manufacturing industries."

The 2009 edition of the APICS OMBOK Framework includes two appendices developed from a May 2009 survey of operations and supply chain management professionals who rated the relevancy of the APICS OMBOK Framework to job titles and non-manufacturing industries. The first appendix is produced from the results of operations management and supply chain management professionals in the distribution, health care services, retail, utilities, and hospitality industries.

The second appendix is based on operations management and supply chain management professionals currently holding job titles, including materials manager, supply chain manager, logistics manager, master scheduler, lean operations facilitator, and more. The second edition also includes a new, easy-to-use index. Information about the APICS OMBOK Framework, second edition, can be found at www.apics.org/ombok.

APICS The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in operations management, including production, inventory, supply chain, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals. Visit www.apics.org for information.

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