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2010/2011  KAN-SCM_SE51  Production Paradigms

English Title
Production Paradigms

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course Coordinator
Britta Gammelgaard
Main Category of the Course
  • Management
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The aim is to develop students´ competencies in identifying, analysing and comparing production paradigms. The students will be able to discuss predominant production paradigms and their prerequisites as well as their comparative pros and cons. Furthermore, the students will be able to discuss drivers of change from one paradigm to another.

Upon the completion of the course students must be able to:
Explain the origin of production concepts and paradigms
Discuss strengths and weaknesses of production paradigms
Discuss the basis of the presentations of the emergence of a new paradigm
Explain forces of change of paradigm
Reflect on forces of change of paradigm
Analyse practical cases with a synthesized framework of production paradigms
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Exam Period December/January
The individual oral examination is based on a 3-page synopsis written in groups up to 4 students. The synopsis outlines potential problem areas in a specific case from a trade magazine chosen by the study group. The individual student will discuss the solution to one of these problem areas. Questions throughout the course literature will be asked. The regular examination will take place in December, the exact deadlines are determined by the line secretary. Deadline for submission of synopsis is stipulated in the programme guidance notes. The exam is external cf. the General Degree Regulations § 25, 2
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

The course will discuss the predominant production paradigms starting with the Fordism as the basis of modern (industrial) production. Thereafter development of modern production paradigms will be presented and discussed as well as the driving forces for their appearance. Such paradigms are for example lean production, agile supply chains as well as mass customisation. The intra-and inter-organisational aspects as well as the spatial aspects of organising production will be discussed in relation to the various productions paradigms. The course concludes with discussion the global aspects and implications of today’s industrial production.

Teaching Methods
The teaching method emphasises students´ involvement, participation, reflection and collaboration. Students are trained to understand and analyse literature and cases that highlight real life problem issues and dilemmas in designing strategies for organising production. Students are expected to train their competences by working in study groups and provide oral presentations.
Theoretical overview combined with students´ presentations and discussions of comparative analyses of the study material articles. Also, cases from the trade literature will be discussed in relation to the topic of the day. A special focus will be on students´ ability to analyse and synthesize study material from both theoretical and methodological perspectives.

The study material is a collection of academic articles and case articles primarily from the trade literature.