Project management versus operations management: A comparative study

Ahmed Osman*, Nasr Al Hinai

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Abstract

The two fields of operations management and project management are widely practiced in industry. However, to the best of the authors' knowledge, there exists no specific study that highlights the differences and/or similarities between the two in the understanding of the practitioners. Thus, this study is undertaken to identify and study the differences between project management and operations management from the perspectives of practitioners in industry at the Sultanate of Oman. This paper aims to have a better and a deeper understanding on each field's definition, characteristics, responsibilities and key personnel roles and required skills. Accordingly, a set of hypothesis were drawn from the literature and a specific survey was designed to test these hypothesis. The survey is then distributed to practitioners in Oman and results from 100 respondents were collected, analyzed and discussed. The study has revealed that indeed there exists a strong Alliance between project management and operations management. This Alliance may cause practitioners to mix between the two fields.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2018
PublisherIEOM Society
Pages2809-2818
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781532359446
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2018 - Bandung, Indonesia
Duration: Mar 6 2018Mar 8 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Volume2018-March
ISSN (Electronic)2169-8767

Other

Other8th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2018
Country/TerritoryIndonesia
CityBandung
Period3/6/183/8/18

Keywords

  • Operation management
  • Operations manager
  • Project management
  • Project manager

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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