The following AccountingTools operations books by Steven Bragg can be purchased in softcover format. Click on a book cover to purchase from Amazon.

Operations Books

Constraint Management: Third Edition
The performance of a business can be greatly improved by closely managing a few key bottlenecks (constraints) within the organization. Constraint Management is a valuable resource for locating and managing these constraints. It does so by describing the impact of constraints and how they can be managed to optimize profitability. The text includes discussions of where the constraint may be located, how constraint analysis compares to traditional cost accounting, and how to design measurement, reporting, and control systems around a constraint. There is also extensive treatment of financial modeling around constraints, as well as how to develop constraint-based strategies. In short, this book is an invaluable guide to enhancing the performance and earnings of your business. [Buy]

Human Resources Guidebook: Fourth Edition
Attracting and retaining the best employees is a herculean task, perhaps the most demanding one for today's manager. The Human Resources Guidebook can be a valuable resource for the manager who needs a thorough knowledge of all issues relating to employees. The book describes how to plan for the appropriate staffing and skill levels, as well as how to design jobs and tailor recruiting campaigns to attract the correct types of candidates. There is extensive coverage of employee development, including career development, training programs, and succession planning. It also notes the many types of compensation and benefits, as well as their tax implications, and finishes with coverage of legal issues, including discrimination, related laws, and records management requirements. In essence, the Human Resources Guidebook is the one-stop source for anyone who wants to develop a more effective human resources capability. [Buy]

Inventory Management: Fourth Edition
Inventory is expensive and difficult to manage, and yet is an essential requirement for providing great service to customers. Inventory Management provides the tools to retain enough inventory to assure high levels of customer service, while avoiding excessive inventory levels that can absorb cash and generate losses. Topics covered include inventory policies, materials planning, purchasing and the supply chain, receiving, storage, shipping, production activities, record accuracy, warehousing efficiencies, measurements, and much more. This book covers a mix of classic and advanced management techniques to help the user maintain firm control over the mix and amount of inventory kept on hand. [Buy]

The MBA Guidebook: Third Edition
It takes several years and a substantial amount of money to complete a formal MBA program, where students wade through many theoretical concepts that are never used in the real world. There is a quicker and more effective way to learn the practical side of business management. The MBA Guidebook describes the essentials of the core topics covered in a top-tier MBA program. The intent is to give the user a broad understanding of the most essential concepts needed to run a business – in one comprehensive book. Topics covered include sales and marketing, operations management, product development, risk management, business valuation, capital structure analysis, and the interpretation of financial statements. In short, The MBA Guidebook provides the essential knowledge for operating a successful business. [Buy]

The New Manager Guidebook: Second Edition
A new manager can be overwhelmed with the responsibilities of the job, and cannot afford to learn through trial and error. The New Manager Guidebook provides the essential knowledge needed to excel as a manager. It is packed with detailed guidance about how to recruit, coach, and train employees, as well as how to develop plans, organize work, and motivate staff. The Guidebook thoroughly addresses the management of teams, special projects, and start-up businesses, always with a focus on avoiding errors and delivering within expectations. [Buy]

Project Management: Second Edition
Projects tend to take longer and cost more than expected. How is it possible to balance the many demands on a project manager in order to improve a project's outcome? Project Management shows how to be a successful project manager by exploring how projects are initiated, evaluated, and selected. It also addresses all phases of project planning, the use of CPM and PERT to schedule tasks, and how to make trade-offs between the various project constraints. The book tackles many other subjects as well, including change management, project estimating, risk management, reporting, and project management at the enterprise level. In short, Project Management is intended to improve the performance of a new project manager, as well as to refine the skills of a more experienced one. [Buy]

Purchasing Guidebook: Third Edition
The purchasing function has a dramatic impact on the profitability of a business, and so must be carefully managed. The Purchasing Guidebook is an essential tool for doing so, since it shows how the department’s performance can be fine-tuned. The course focuses on supplier selection and management, the competitive bidding process, negotiations, and contract management. It also addresses the many ways in which purchasing can be used to control costs in the areas of inventory management, logistics, and quality, while also providing the financial tools to improve a number of purchasing decisions. In short, the Purchasing Guidebook is a required toolkit for the purchasing professional. [Buy]