15.769 Operations Strategy

Spring 2003

Manufacturing center.
This Kansas City plant uses a flexible manufacturing system to produce and inspect a wide variety of materials. (Image courtesy of Department of Energy Digital Archive.)

Course Highlights

bibliography and study questions for readings used in the course are provided.

Course Description

This course will address operations strategy by building on the concepts of:
  1. Reengineering and process design developed by Dr. Michael Hammer.
  2. Manufacturing strategy as developed in the literature, primarily by people at HBS.
  3. Supply chain design and 3-D concurrent engineering literature as developed in Charles Fine’s book, Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage. Perseus Books, 1999.

The concepts there emphasize the necessity of integrating product strategy, manufacturing strategy, and supply chain strategy. As a result, each of these will be touched upon in the course.

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Prof. Charles Fine
Prof. Michael Hammer

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session