Operations Management

The Operations Management concentration is designed to equip students with the methods, models, and processes to contribute to the design, development, production, and distribution of products, and services, based on a minimum requirement of 16 credit hours in total. The concentration prepares students to pursue a career in operations which can include a diverse range of job opportunities including: Operations Management Consulting, Project Management, Business Analyst, Service Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Planning, Distribution Planning, Inventory Management, Forecasting/Demand Planning, Retail Management, New Product Development, and Innovation Consulting. The focus of the concentration is on both practical and analytical decision-making skills, and the courses in the concentration deploy class discussions, lectures, team projects, and simulations as the means of pedagogy. Armed with this knowledge, our students are aggressively recruited by major corporations, consulting firms, and small business enterprises. Entrepreneurially minded students will gain the required knowledge to manage the business operations for a startup venture.

Qualified candidates for operations-related positions continue to be in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts an impressive employment growth of 12.4 percent between 2012 and 2022 for operations management positions. In addition, past job-posting data from the Babson Hoffman Family Undergraduate Center for Career Development (CCD) indicate that one in six (18 percent) of the job postings for full-time positions are operations-related positions. And, within the CCD job listings, job descriptions using the term “operations” has doubled in the last three years.

To learn more about the exciting field of Operations Management, students also may participate in factory/facility tours, speaker events, case competitions, and other activities offered by the Babson Operations Club (BOC).

Sponsored by: Operations and Information Management (OIM) Division

Faculty Contacts: Jennifer Bailey and Wiljeana Glover

Faculty contacts serve as advisers to those students who have an interest in the given concentration. You should feel free to contact these faculty members with questions.

Required Courses

A) Required Course:

  • MOB 3573 Supply Chain Management / OIM 3573 Supply Chain Management 

B) Choose three of the following courses:

  • MOB 3501 Health Systems Innovation Lab
  • MOB 3503 Operations for Entrepreneurs
  • MOB 3509 Project Management / OIM 3509 Project Management 
  • MOB 3517 Design Thinking and Problem Solving for Business Impact / OIM 3517 Design Thinking and Problem Solving for Business Impact 
  • MOB 3519 Simulation Modeling in Operations Management / OIM 3519 Simulating Modeling in Operations Management 
  • MOB 3522 Leading and Managing Sustainability 
  • MOB 3536/MIS 3535 Scaling Lean Ventures
  • MOB 3578 Integrated Product Design
  • MKT 3540 Retailing Management
  • OIM 2645 Modeling with Excel (formerly MIS 2645) (2 cr) and DES 3600 Design and Systems Thinking (2 cr)*
  • OIM 3645 Agile Methodology (formerly MIS 3645) 
  • QTM 3620 Operations Research

*Please note, MIS 2645 and DES 3600 must both be completed to count toward the concentration