Let's start by defining some terms. Operations management is essentially about keeping things organized in the operations or production arm of your business. It involves procuring the raw materials required to do the job, managing workers and ensuring that machinery remains in mint condition.
Strategic planning is the process of figuring out where you want your business to go; what areas you want to grow and what your plans for the future are.
So, how do they work together? If strategic planning is the heart and backbone of your business, then operations management is the arms and legs. Strategic planning is where the high level decisions and plans are made, and operations managers are the people who do the work and make these goals realities.
For example, let's consider a factory that makes shoes. Strategic planning, which is carried out by upper management, would determine that output needs to be produced by 20 per cent in the next financial year. Operations managers would then step in and make sure that the factory had enough machines to make the extra shoes. They would also order the extra raw materials required and make sure they had enough staff to keep the factory running for enough hours to meet the new target.