Calendar

SES # TOPICS
Part I: Manufacturing and Operations as Competitive Weapons
1 Introduction to Course and Concept and Principles of Operations Strategy
2 Developing a Manufacturing and Operations Strategy
Part II: Key Elements and Decision Categories in a Manufacturing Strategy
3 Introduction to Decision Categories, the Role of Technology
4 The Role of Technology and Multiple Plants
5 Capacity, Environmental Issues
6 Facilities Strategies on a Global Basis

Comparisons of Plant Productivity
7 Summary Lecture on Facilities Strategy and Globalization
8 Vertical Integration
9 Supplier Management: Numbers of Suppliers
10 Planning and Materials
11 The Logistics System and the Supply Chain
12 The Supply Chain (cont.)
13 Organization, Human Resources and Workforce Teams
14 Information Systems, Enterprise Systems and the Impacts of the Electronic Economy

Summary of Strategic Decision Categories
Part III: Different Approaches to Manufacturing Strategy
15 Introduction to Different Approaches to Competition

Competing on Costs
16 Competing on Quality: Sources of Quality and Different Measures of Quality
17 Competing on Features and Innovativeness: Types of Quality and the Product Development Process
18 Competing on Availability and Time-based Strategies Such As Postponement
19 Impacts of Flexibility on Strategic Choices
Part IV: Globalization, Outsourcing and Other Critical Issues in Operations Strategy and Policy in the 21st Century
20 Power and Control and the Technology Supply Chain
21 Outsourcing Strategies, Contractor-driven Paradigms, and Asian Sourcing and Globalization
22 Supplier Power and Overseas Sourcing

Moving up the Value Chain in Outsourcing
23 Global Cost Competitiveness, Outsourcing, and the Hollow Corporation
24 Implications of Outsourcing on Competitiveness

The Role of China and Low Cost Locations
25 Conclusions and Wrap Up