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MN50757: Operations strategy

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 5      [equivalent to 10 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 100
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment detail for this unit will be available shortly. (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The unit presents a variety of frameworks and models of strategy to open up narrowly defined notions of 'operations' and illustrate how all organisations are essentially defined through their operational capabilities.

Learning Outcomes:

* Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of operations strategy and how market requirements and resource requirements are related
* Formulate and critique operations strategy in different contexts, including manufacturing, service, and non-profit organisations
* Apply and critique theory to operations in different contexts
* Implement a plan for operations strategy and deal with common problems that arise in the implementation process
* Formulate and defend arguments using theory and evidence
* Work in groups, lead a debate, synthesize views and reach consensus.

See LO Section.

By reflecting across a range of timescales, different level of analysis and broader level of aggregation the module is closely related to but very distinct from the operations management module in semester one. It will address a range of issues (technology, global footprints, environmental and ethical concerns, etc.) that are fundamental to contemporary global concerns. Throughout the course, students will experience, analyse, discuss and contrast a range of service, manufacturing, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations.
This unit seeks to illustrate how firms may compete strategically through their operational capabilities. Operations strategy is concerned with long term decisions, decisions affecting a wide set of organisation's resources, and decisions that impact an organisation's global footprint. This longer timescale, higher level of analysis and broader level of aggregation distinguishes the module from the operations management module in semester one. Topics include the principles of operations strategy, capacity strategy, and how to develop and implement operations strategy.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50757 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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