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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Insegnamento 096088 - OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
Cfu 10.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare
Docenti: Titolare (Co-titolari) Portioli Staudacher Alberto

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento
The objective of the course is to provide students with principles, methodologies and tools to design, analyze and improve manufacturing and service companies' operations, so to dramatically increase their competitive advantage.
Studenst will learn to deal with the multidimentional aspects of Operations at a strategic, tactical and operational level.

The course fits into the overall program curriculum pursuing some of the defined general learning goals. In particular, the course contributes to the development of the following capabilities:

  • Understand context, functions, processes in a business and industrial environment and the impact of those factors on business performance

  • Design solutions applying a scientific and engineering approach (Analysis, Learning, Reasoning, and Modeling capability deriving from a solid and rigorous multidisciplinary background) to face problems and opportunities in a business and industrial environment

  • Develop new ideas and solutions in business and industrial scenarios evolving over time

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

The student succesfully taking this course is expected to be able to:


classify the different Operations Systems

understand the functioning of such systems

match the system characteristics with its target market segment

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generate alternative guidelines to improve the system, considering main goals, constraints and evolutionary trends

design and implement solutions to improve the Operations System through a thorough methodology, sound reasoning and, whenever possible, quantitative ananlysis

Check whether the resuls are in line with the expected ones and the goals achieved


Argomenti trattati


1. Operations’ objectives and decision areas.
2. Operations in primary processes, and in supporting processes. Operations in industrial companies and in service companies.

Operations strategy

1. Operations performances, levers, positioning
2. Development of an operations strategy in the broader context of a Business strategy considering the different areas of Operations in an integrated way
3. Structural decisions (resources sizing, system configuration, vertical integration, system international footprint, etc.) and Infrastrctural decisions (resource planning and control, organisational structure, target setting, customer management)
Service Operations Management
1. Distinctive characteristics of service companies. The service concept definition.
2. Designing, managing and improving the Service delivery system. Front office versus back office, demand and capacity management. Demand management in service companies with fixed capacity (Hotels, Airlines, Turist villages,...) Yield management.
3. Queue theory. Single and multiple customer-class systems; single and multiple resource systems.
4. Operations in different service industries

Operations improvement: innovative managerial approaches for operational excellence-

1. Lean philosophy and principles. Analysis of innovative aspect of Lean approach that allow to achieve such dramatic improvements. Going beyond Just In Time.
2. Lean methodologies and techniques: Value Stream Mapping. Variations reduction. 5S, SMED, Cell design, etc.
3. A new vision of human factor and the impact on operations' structure.
4. Advanced implementation of Lean approach: high variety low volume companies,  make to order / engineer to order companies (manufacturing and services). Lean product development, Lean Healthcare, Lean Banking, Lean Insurance.
5. Lean Supply Chain: the impact of applying the Lean philosophy to the whole supply chain.
6. Lean consumption.
7. Leading an Operational excellence project. Builging a cointinuously improving and problem solving Organisation.
8. Systems thinking
9. Lean and Industry 4.0 



The following prerequisite are not mandatory (their knowledge can be acquired alongside attending the course) but the following knowledge increase significantly the benefits gaineable through this course

Basic knowledge of Organistion theory and desing

Basic knowlede of cost accounting (fix costs vs variable cost; investment evaluation; interest rate on a loan)

Basic knowledge of statistics


Modalità di valutazione

Final written exam. Plus an Assignment (optional)

The written exam is made of:

a case study, where the student is expected to understand the present situation of the company, understand the type of operation system presently in place (use the classifiaction presented during the course), and understand whether it is aligned to the market segment the company is targeting, and why. Then the student is expected to generate alternative options for improvement and make a decision about the best one for the specific case, and justify his/her decision

1-2 open questions to assess the knowledge of classifications, relationship between levers and performances, pros and cons of different alternatiove solutions, etc. to complement the evaluation of learning outcomes checked through the Case study, and the exercise/s

1-2 exercises presenting the quantitative analysis of a present situation in a company, and the student is requeted to take decisions on how to improve present situation and design the detailed future state configuration with a quantitative sizing if different aspects (e.g. amount of inventory; number of operators, etc.) following the 8 steps of the Lean Management approach presented doring the course, making sure that thay meet the given target


The voluntary assignment is an assignment requiring to compare two different companies/organisation within the same industry but with a different positioning on the market (targeting two different market segments). The students, in groups, must understand the present situation of the two companies, and check the alignment of their operations with their market segment. Using the models presented during the course, they are required to interpret the differences in the Operating Systems of the two companies, in the light of the different requirement of the two market segments, thus showing their ability to read the present situation, to know the relationship between the characteristics of the operations and the consequent performances, and very the alignement with the performances required by the target merket segment.

Suggestions to improve the present situation are also appreciated

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaN. Slack , A. Brandon-Jones, R. Johnston, A. Betts, Operations and process management. , Editore: Pearson ed. 4th ed
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaJ. Bicheno, A. Portioli Staudacher, Metodologie e Tecniche per la Lean, Editore: Pitagora
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa. J. Womack, D. Jones., Lean thinking, Editore: Free press, Anno edizione: 2003
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa. J. Liker, The Toyota Way, Editore: McGraw Hill, Anno edizione: 2005
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaTerry Hill, Alex Hill, Manufacturing Strategy, Editore: Palgrave Macmillan, Anno edizione: 2009

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