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TEK156 - Operations strategy  
Operations strategy
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPQOM
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Engineering and Management

Teaching language: English
Application code: 36111
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: C
Maximum participants: 60
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   18 Mar 2021 pm J,  09 Jun 2021 pm J,  25 Aug 2021 pm J

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Prospective students need to be registered on the Master s Programme in Quality and Operations Management, which involves having completed the following:
Basic course in economy (7.5 ECTS)
Basic course in management/organisation (7.5 ECTS)


The main aim of the course is to further develop students knowledge of how to design, manage and improve operations processes.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- Know how to use operations strategy as a guidance for the organization's operational activities 
- Be encouraged to think analytically about operations processes, through having acquired knowledge of a number of organizing theories, frameworks and analytical devices used by companies 
- Know the impact of operations on sustainability and how operations can contribute to a sustainable society 
- Know how new possibilities with digitalisation, in the context of Industry 4.0, may influence operations
- Have acquired a number of conceptual tools for enhancing the performance of operations processes 
- Be able to apply these tools to the analysis of operations processes 
- Understand the context of when and how to apply the different tools


- Operations strategies, content and processes 
- The nature of operations processes 
- Fundamentals of process management 
- Designing operations processes 
- The nature of service processes 
- Process improvement 
- The lean approach to process improvement 
- Sustainable operations


The course will be conducted through a combination of the following: 
- Lectures 
- Project work 
- Case discussions 
- Literature seminars


Slack, Nigel & Lewis, Michael, Operations Strategy, most recent edition, Pearson Education, UK.
Additional articles to be specified later

Examination including compulsory elements

The course will be examined through a combination of active participation in seminars, an individual written exam, and a group project.

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