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Over the past several decades, operations strategy has played an increasingly important role in business’ success. In this course, we will equip you with concepts and tools to build operations in a way that not only supports your competitive strategy, but also allows you to create new opportunities in the market place. Scaling operations: Linking strategy and execution is a five-week course dedicated to making strategic decisions that are grounded in operational reality. Together, we will study how to build and evaluate the “operating system” of the firm to maximize value. This involves tailoring the firm’s operational competencies, assets, and processes to a specific business strategy. Each week, we’ll explore case studies, engage in discussions and examine realistic data. Thanks to our data-driven approach, you’ll be able to implement your learning directly into practice. At the end of this course, you’ll be ready to build an effective, actionable plan to scale your department or organization....
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Cours en ligne à 100 %

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Dates limites flexibles

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Recommandé : 2-4 hours/week

Approx. 14 heures pour terminer
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English

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1

Section
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3 heures pour terminer

The VCAP Framework

We start by explaining the concepts of operating systems and operations strategy. Then we introduce the main "VCAP" framework, which connects the key components of operations strategy and identifies three main views to analyze it. The module also describes the key decisions related to operations strategy. Several examples illustrate the impact of operations strategy and the importance of tailoring to increase value and alignment....
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 22 min), 6 lectures, 2 quiz
Video4 vidéos
1.2 Scalability3 min
1.3 Operations Strategy7 min
1.4 Adopting a Resource, Process, and Capability View7 min
Reading6 lectures
Syllabus10 min
Grading and Logistics10 min
Meet Your Professors10 min
Recommended Textbook10 min
Lecture Slides10 min
Glossary10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
The VCAP Framework8 min

2

Section
Clock
3 heures pour terminer

Value Creation and Operations: The Investor View

We start by reviewing the main idea of using operations to create value (and the VCAP framework). We briefly discuss the key questions and introduce the main firm we are going to use (the Mafia restaurant chain). We discuss the key idea of measuring financial return (EVA and ROIC). Then we introduce the main tool, the ROIC tree. We apply the ROIC tree to the firm and discuss the steps: constructing the tree, identifying metrics, assessing impact (sensitivity analysis), building a growth plan and communicating the narrative....
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 25 min), 3 lectures, 2 quiz
Video4 vidéos
2.2 Quantifying Value5 min
2.3 Linking ROIC to Operations with a ROIC Tree10 min
2.4 Planning Scalable Growth in the ROIC Tree and Summary5 min
Reading3 lectures
Quiz 2 Image Prompt10 min
Lecture Slides10 min
Glossary10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Value Creation and Operations: The Investor View8 min

3

Section
Clock
3 heures pour terminer

Capabilities and Competition: Defensibility and Trade-offs

Module 1 introduced the capability view of operations as the natural link between competitive strategy and operations. In this module we will investigate this link in greater depth and use the capability view to assess the competitive risk the firm faces. A good operations strategy clearly stipulates which capabilities are critical and which are of secondary importance. One can't have it all: operational capabilities exhibit trade-offs and superior performance requires making choices. But where do these trade-offs come from and how can operations shape them to our competitive advantage? That is the subject of this module. We will outline the main challenge; develop the framework, and the use a simple case to illustrate it. ...
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 24 min), 3 lectures, 2 quiz
Video4 vidéos
3.2 The Concept of Tradeoff Curves3 min
3.3 Tradeoff Curves to Analyze Competitive Threat9 min
3.4 Example: Sugar and Spice7 min
Reading3 lectures
Sugar & Spice Desserts10 min
Lecture Slides10 min
Glossary10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz 36 min

4

Section
Clock
3 heures pour terminer

Process Strategy: Strategic Sourcing

In the previous modules, we introduced the VCAP framework for operations strategy and studied value and capabilities. We learned how to invest assets in the face of uncertain demand. Now we turn our attention to structuring operational processes. In this module, we will analyze two essential components of operations strategy: the questions of who should perform an activity or process in the value chain, and how we should manage the supply relationship....
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 17 min), 2 lectures, 2 quiz
Video4 vidéos
4.2 Forecasting and Modeling Uncertainty3 min
4.3 Tools to Incorporate Uncertainty into Capacity Analysis4 min
4.4 Optimal Capacity Sizing5 min
Reading2 lectures
Lecture Slides10 min
Glossary10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz 410 min
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Meilleurs avis

par KSApr 27th 2017

Thanks to prof. Gad and prof. Jan for a piece of practical view. I will be happy to keep in touch if you don't mind. Also, please inform me if you've got next course. thanks, Kirill ks@mashtabator.ru

par AYJun 2nd 2018

It was a great course and would be beneficial to the the people who has basic idea on operations and have some work experience in the industry

Enseignants

Gad Allon

Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences

Jan A. Van Mieghem

Harold L. Stuart Professor of Managerial Economics; Professor of Operations Management

À propos de Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a private research and teaching university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, and Doha, Qatar. Northwestern combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. ...

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