The Operations Management
function is at the heart of any firm's ability to transform inputs into the
goods and services that it supplies its customers. Well managed Operations can
provide significant strategic advantage to a firm as demonstrated by the success
of firms like Wal-Mart, FedEx, and Toyota among others. On the other hand, a
lack of focus on Operations can be a significant barrier to success.
The Operations major
at Kellogg aims to equip students with skills to analyze operational performance
within supply chains and design and manage processes for competitive advantage.
The faculty members
associated with this area include:
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The required Operations
Management (OPNS-430) course forms the core of the
portfolio of operations electives, shown in the figure below. (The figure also
shows the quarter when the course is offered in the Evanston campus, as well
as the number of sections offered in parentheses.) The operations portfolio
includes strategy-oriented courses (OPNS454), functionally-oriented courses
(supply chain operations OPNS455 and service operations OPNS 912), application-oriented
courses (process improvement in various industries, product development, international
ops and risk management), and tools-oriented courses (OPNS450).
The Core Course
(Operations Management, OPNS-430)
of the sections of the core course are taught in the spring quarter. This course
aims to (1) familiarize you with the problems and issues confronting operations
managers, and (2) provide you with language, concepts, insights and tools to
deal with these issues in order to gain competitive advantage through operations.
The course uses the text Managing
Business Process Flows. For current course information refer to the Prof. Vanmieghem's
must take three of the electives listed below to qualify for the Operations major:
Obtaining a Waiver
There are two types of waivers that the students can apply for OPNS 430
- Partial waiver: A student is awarded this type of waiver based on the relevance of their prior academic or industry experience to the subject matter of the OPNS 430 course. A student who is awarded partial waiver would have to take one of the following Operations electives: OPNS-454, OPNS-455, OPNS-450 or OPNS-912 in lieu of OPNS 430. To apply for this waiver, students should provide the relevant supporting material to the Office of Student Affairs by mid-July (contact them for the exact date).
- Full waiver: A student requesting a full waiver (i.e., waiving all Operations requirements) must take a waiver exam based on the material covered in the core OPNS 430 course. Please contact Prof. Deo for arranging the waiver exam. A request to take the waiver exam must be made by the beginning of the second week of classes in the fall quarter (September 29th 2008). Here is a sample exam: http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/course/opns430/exams/SampleFinalAnswers.pdf
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