PhD kursus - Advances in Operations and Supply Chain Management

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PhD course - Advances in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Description: With the rediscovery of its strategic importance, Operations Management (OM) or, as it should be more appropriately called Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM), has undergone massive changes as a field of research in the last three decades. Until the early 1980s, OM research was focused on areas such as inventory management, scheduling, quality inspection and control, layout and location decisions. Today, with the enormous possibilities offered by Information Technology, massive globalization, and core competence thinking, industrial production is taking place in elaborate global supply chains and networks of partners each focusing on what they are best at and together aiming at delivering superior value to the global market place in a world, which is running out of natural resources, undergoing a climate change with possibly dramatic consequences, and suffering from natural and human disasters. Current OSCM research focuses on operations and footprint strategy, performance management, manufacturing and supply chain configurations and governance, sustainability, crisis management and humanitarian operations.

With the introduction of the Internet of Things and Services in manufacturing systems, the next wave of technology-driven innovation is on the doorstep, and one of the key questions for OSCM to address is: what are the implications of concepts such as Enterprise 2.0, Industry 4.0, and the smart factory of the future for OSCM as a field of practice and research.

While the progress in practice has been massive, OSCM has also been accused of being theory-poor and irrelevant for practitioners. The call to recognize OSCM for what it is, a field of management research and practice, which requiring the discipline to both improve its theoretical basis and practical relevance and accessibility, is become louder and louder.

The course on Advances in Operations and Supply Chain Management addresses several OSCM topics related to the management of “manufacturing systems of today and tomorrow”, including:

OM theory and practice – implications for research design
Relevance and the role of theory in OSCM research
Collaborative research strategies
Developing theory from research with practice
From mass manufacturing through lean production to agility and beyond
The principles of lean and agile production
Are lean and agile mutually exclusive concepts, mutually supportive concepts, or is lean an antecedent to agile?
What, if any, alternative concepts are just beyond the horizon?
The implications of Enterprise 2.0, Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing and the “factory of the future” for OSCM
How will OSCM as a field of practice and research be affected if factories and supply chains are populated by highly connected smart machines and smart (knowledge) workers?
Manufacturing strategy in a global context
Manufacturing strategy as a process
Footprint strategy
Global performance management
Globally sustainable supply networks

Organizer: Professor Dr. Harry Boer -

Lecturers: Professor Dr. Harry Boer (AAU), Professor John Johansen, PhD (AAU), Professor Charles Møller, PhD (AAU), Associate Professor Cheng Yang, PhD (AAU)

ECTS: 4.0
Period1 Dec 20213 Dec 2021
Event typeCourse
LocationAalborg, DenmarkShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • engineering science
  • Smart Factory