leaders cannot afford to isolate themselves from the technologies
that drive innovation. That's why Kellogg and McCormick have
a long history of breaking the silos that separate business
and engineering, providing MMM students a ticket into the
dynamic product-design arena
"innovate or die" is a mantra of global business today - a
world of increasing competition, ever-faster product lifecycles
and less real differentiation among those products and services
- some savvy professionals have sought an advantage against
the field by honing their existing skills and developing new
what Matt Levatich did after he graduated with a bachelor's
degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in 1987. Levatich knew he needed additional education
to build the competencies that could advance his career.
the business insights that would complement and expand his
technology background, Levatich '94 turned to the Master
of Management and Manufacturing (MMM) program, a powerful
dual-degree offering from the Kellogg School and Northwestern
University's Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering.
four similar programs, but MMM was integrated, unlike any
of the others," says Levatich, who now works as vice president
of materials management for Harley-Davidson. "There was a
very strong manufacturing component, but a practical one,
not theoretical like a lot of operations-oriented approaches
to manufacturing study."
the MMM curriculum has changed to meet student need over the
15 years since its inception, its appeal to MBA seekers has
not, as evidenced, in part, by the program moving into a new
state-of-the-art home in the $30 million Ford Motor Co. Engineering
Design Center. The program continues to add more courses and
is a hot area for those who desire extraordinary returns on
their graduate education investment, especially in a marketplace
that demands more aptitude from job candidates.
gives you a set of skills unmatched in any business school.
It offered a perfect mix for me," says Kim Matthews '04,
who felt the program would provide her with the finance and
marketing background to advance in her manufacturing career.
of my manufacturing classes went into more depth than MBA-equivalent
classes would have, while the fast-paced accounting and finance
classes took advantage of my analytical skills as an engineer,"
the ExxonMobil planning adviser recalls. "In the end, I learned
an organized way of approaching manufacturing problems with
a business perspective, something that may have taken me 10
years to learn on my own."
between business and engineering
the years, Professor Wally
Hopp, MMM program co-director, has seen a huge growth
of opportunity for students in the program and after they
has increased the need for professionals who can manage complex
product-oriented enterprises. As a result, there are more
companies interested in our graduates than there are graduates
to fill their positions," says Hopp, from the MMM office in
the Ford Center.
building was created to promote a "culture of design" he says.
In addition to MMM student space, it includes classrooms,
shops, studios, meeting areas and workrooms for collaborative
projects and computer-assisted learning.
us closer to each other and to other design and manufacturing
programs, I expect this new building to make an outstanding
culture even better," says Hopp.
students from around the world who are interested in gaining
the skills needed to lead product-driven businesses. According
Chopra, the IBM Distinguished Professor of Operations
at Kellogg and MMM's co-director, 85 percent of the students
entering the program are engineers, but MMM also accepts students
with business backgrounds who have worked in manufacturing.
The curriculum, which includes a manufacturing and management
core, teaches students leadership, accounting, business strategy
and logistics, as well as technology and manufacturing. Even
though students earn two degrees, the courses are coordinated.
Some classes at the Kellogg School are geared toward engineers,
while classes at the engineering school are taught from a
core looks a lot like the core of a two-year MBA program,
but it's accelerated in finance and accounting," says Chopra,
a leading expert on supply chain management. "The manufacturing
core helps deepen the understanding of manufacturing and links
this knowledge to business."
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