Operations Strategy and Technology

Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
Jaar 2017/18
Vakcode EBB109A05
Vaknaam Operations Strategy and Technology
Niveau(s) bachelor, uitwisseling
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
Rooster rooster

Uitgebreide vaknaam Operations Strategy and Technology
Leerdoelen The module aims to provide an understanding of the role of Operations Management and how it contributes to business competitiveness including the technology being applied. Upon completion of the course the student is able to:
1. Define the operations management function in the context of the entire organisation, as well as in the context of the environment of the company.
2. Interpret concepts and frameworks of the field of operations strategy and apply this to practical situations.
3. Explain and analyse the alignment between market requirements and operations resources of any organisation including the role of Technology being used by companies .
4. Design, execute and report on a practical research in the field of operations management and in a small group (3 to 4 students).
Omschrijving Starting from the notion that many disciplines relate to the operations function of companies, this module provides an in-depth analysis of the operations management function of companies including the associated (theoretical) approaches. The course supplies the general approaches on an advanced level necessary to describe and understand practical operations management problems. In doing so, the module covers three main areas: the role and nature of operations, the planning and control of the operations process and the organizational setting of the operations function. These areas will be analyzed from different perspectives including topics like:
a. the strategic role of operations (operations strategy),
b. the reconciliation between market requirements and operations resources;
c. the impact operations have on performance objectives.
In doing so, the focus will be on the role technology plays in achieving long term competiveness.
Additionally, some specific approaches to operations like Lean Operations, Agile Operations, Total Quality Management (TQM), and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) will be discussed and the practical value of these approaches will be considered.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoor- en werkcolleges
(discussions, case studies and analysis, group project)
Toetsvorm paper, schriftelijk tentamen
(closed book final examination with essay questions (3 hours), group project paper)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. J. de Vries
Docent(en) prof. dr. J. de Vries
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Operations Strategy, 2014, 4th edition, Prentice Hall Slack, N., M. Lewis 9781292017792 ca. €  69,00
Opmerkingen The results of the final exam and the group project can compensate each other. However, the minimal grading for the group project needs to be a 5; the minimal grading for the final exam also needs to be 5.
Contents of the course Operations Management (mandatory course of the bachelor Bedrijfskunde) are supposed to be known.
For more information please contact the coordinator Prof. Jan de Vries: jan.de.vries@rug.nl
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Bedrijfskunde/Bdk  (minor Internship Business Research) 3 semester I b keuzegroep
BSc Bedrijfskunde/Bdk  (minor B&M/TM) 3 semester I b keuze
Courses open to Exchange Students (BSc)  ( Courses open to Exchange Students (BSc) without limited access) 3 semester I b keuze
Pre-MSc-programma’s FEB  (Pre-MSc Supply Chain Management/SCM) 1 semester I b verplicht
Pre-MSc-programma’s FEB  (Pre-MSc Technology and Operations Management/TOM) 1 semester I b verplicht