Introduction to Operations Management

Several large machines in a manufacturing plant.

Manufacturing operations, such as this plant in Tennessee, can be the basis for careful analysis and continued improvement. (Photograph courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy.)


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Spring 2004



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Course Highlights

Class participation plays a major role in this course, with students working on exercises in addition to the interactive case discussions. Students use the concepts they learned in class to manage a virtual factory in a one-week online simulation.

Course Description

This half-term course introduces students to problems and analysis related to the design, planning, control, and improvement of manufacturing and service operations. Class sessions involve explaining concepts, working examples, and discussing cases. A wide range of topics are covered, including: process analysis, quality management, supply chain design, procurement, and product development. Toward the end of the course, students work in teams to manage a virtual factory in a web-based simulation exercise.

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Gallien, Jérémie. 15.760B Introduction to Operations Management, Spring 2004. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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