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Production and Service Operations Management, Group A

Course code
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
HS 2021
Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier
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Part I: Introduction

1. Process view and productivity

Part II: Process Execution and Improvement

2. Process organizations
3. The impact of variability on process performance
4. Critical chain project management
5. Scheduling
6. Quality management
7. Lean management

Part III: Process Planning and Optimization

8. Inventory management
9. Inventory management under risk
10. Closed-loop supply chain and returns policies

Part IV: Industrial Excellence

11. Strategy Activation in Organizations
12. Operational Excellence in Practice


  • Process analysis and optimization
  • Project management
  • Queuing theory
  • Deterministic and stochastic inventory models
  • Scheduling
  • Lot sizing models
Date Time
Monday, 25.10.2021 08:00 - 11:15
Tuesday, 02.11.2021 08:00 - 11:15
Monday, 29.11.2021 19:00 - 21:00
Monday, 13.12.2021 14:00 - 17:00
This course provides an introduction to Production and Service Operations Management. Overall, we adopt a process view. The main objective of this course is to provide students with the basic background on how to effectively analyse, manage, and improve processes of manufacturing and service firms.
Course Package:Cachon and Terwiesch (2019): Operations Management. 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, ISBN 978-1260484632 (required textbook)
Lectures with presentations by representatives from industry.
Moodle Quizzes (30 %), Exam (70%)
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