Manufacturing Competitiveness

By Shishir Bharadwaj   |   Quality Council of India
Learners enrolled: 678
This course is from Quality Council of India.
Principles of flow are at the core of this course "Manufacturing Competitiveness". The applications and tools developed around these principles are used in taking decisions in day to day working of a manufacturing organisation. Most of use measurement which tell us how we are doing so we can take corrective action but if these measurements do not give the correct direction it could cause a deterioration in output despite good intent. This course brings to light better measurements to support good operations decisions and also mesh with financial performance measures of the organization.  
The throughput approach to managing an organisation will put an organisation on a path of productivity improvement as against the focus on trying to cut cost everywhere. However cost focus quickly reaches a rate of diminishing returns and throughput productivity focus, based on principles of flow, can put an organisation ever flourishing path and keep it competitive over longer periods. This course introduces and explains the concepts & application for quick deployment. 
Concepts of flow are explained by using simulation tool to narrate how hidden capacity in unearthed or how low inventories are achieved by increasing flow.
The building blocks for effective tools like Finite Capacity Scheduling and Material Requirements Planning are explained at concept level and later explained how can they be done using a spreadsheet. These tools are then used for generating information for synchronising the operations

What you'll learn:
  • Concepts of flow and developing  management systems which focus on the leverage points or constraints to achieving and sustaining a competitive manufacturing organisation

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jul 2019
End Date : 31 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 09 Nov 2019
Category :
  • Management Studies
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Manufacturing: concept & Purpose
  • Concept of Manufacturing Core Elements 
  • Modern Manufacturing Organisation 
Week 2: Evolution of principles of flow
  • Taiichi Ohno & His System 
  • Henry Ford & Assembly Line 
  • Toyota Production System or Lean Manufacturing 
  • The Principles of Flow 
Week 3 : Understanding Cost World & Throughput World
  • Financial Measurements 
  • Efficiency Measurement
  • Cost or Throughput Based Decision 
  • Operations Decision Making
Week 4 : Improving profits by identifying leverage point
  • Improving Profits by Identifying Leverage Point 
Week 5 : Manufacturing Operations tools
  • Building Blocks & Tools for Effective Operations Management 
Week 6 : Supply Chain: Concept & Purpose
  • Understanding Supply Chain as a Set of Activities
  • Mapping Your Capabilities to Find A Position in Supply Chain 
Week 7: Making outsourcing decision
  • Conditions for Outsourcing 
  • Will Outsourcing Reduce Cost 
  • Decision Making 
  • Making Offer They Can't Refuse 

Books and references

  • Operations Management for Competitive Advantage by Chase, Jacob and Aquilano
  • Taiichi Ohno’s Work Place management
  • The New Supply Chain Agenda by Slone, Dittmann and Mentzer
  • Manufacturing at Warp Speed by Eli Schrangenheim & H . William Dettmer
  • Its Not luck ; Eli Goldratt
  • The Haystack Syndrome Eli Goldratt
  • The TOC Handbook

Instructor bio

Course Faculty:

Shishir Bharadwaj
Operations management consultant
Quality Council of India 

An Operations management consultant who started his career in a Japanese JV manufacturing Light Commercial Trucks. Worked in the product development and testing division and later into marketing. It is here he observed how a customer uses and experiences the products that get designed. Later he moved to do his business studies in the UK and returned to start his Operations management consultancy which initially focused on Finite Capacity Scheduling, selecting & implementing ERPs. Now he focuses on improving bottom-line and competitiveness of manufacturing companies based on principles of flow and Theory of Constraints.

Course certificate

Type of exam: Computer based exam
You will have to appear at the allotted exam centre and produce your Hall ticket and Government Photo Identification Card (Example: Driving License, Passport, PAN card, Voter ID, Aadhaar-ID with your Name, date of birth, photograph and signature) for verification and take the exam in person. You can find the final allotted exam centre details in the hall ticket.

Weightage: 25% weightage for weekly assignment + 75% weightage for final exam.
Passing Marks: You will be Eligible for Certificate Only if you score minimum 40% Weekly Assessment and minimum 40% in Final Exam. If you score less than 40% in either weekly assessments (avg) or in final exam, you will not receive the certificate.

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