The students involved in this project are students of the Master’s program ‘Operations Management and Logistics’, ‘Innovation Management’, ‘Business Information Systems’, or ‘Manufacturing Systems Engineering’. All students have knowledge in Industrial Engineering, but also capabilities specific to their Master’s program. These capabilities will be discussed on the next page. The majority of the selected students completed their Bachelor of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. Topics the students covered during their Bachelor’s program include accounting, goods flow management, human performance management, stock control, organization science and information systems. The students of Industrial Engineering are focused on making improvements in companies and are ready to apply the methods and tools they have learned during their courses. The study program at Eindhoven University of Technology regularly involves group assignments. These group assignments enable students to train their analytical skills, their social skills and their presentation and cooperation skills.
Operations Management and Logistics
Operations Management & Logistics is a multidisciplinary field that covers such disciplines as supply chain management, manufacturing systems, information systems, business process management, human performance management, health care engineering, transportation, reliability engineering, maintenance, and operational finance. The program trains student in quantitative analyses. In all courses, the theory is related to existing research and students are shown how to apply theory in practice. For example, an alternative design of a control concept for a supply chain or a workflow process in an insurance company aree investigated. They also learn how efficiency improvement or cost reduction can be obtained by advanced concepts.
Innovation Management studies the management of innovation processes and develops theories, tools and techniques to make businesses more innovative. Key aspects of this discipline are knowledge management, strategic alliances, entrepreneurship, new product development, supplier partnerships, marketing management, quality management and technology management. Students learn how to use the knowledge that they gain in carrying out research into innovation management and in industrial applications. They also learn how to analyze the current innovative performance of a company, explain it in terms of quality, cost and time, and improve this performance by re-engineering innovation processes.
Business Information Systems
Modern organizations such as banks, insurance companies, ministries, hospitals, travel companies and webstores are critically dependent on their information system: when it falters, all the other processes come to a standstill. This creates a demand for experts who are able to face the challenges of both computer science and industrial engineering. The Business Information Systems Master program unites the competencies of the computer scientist and the industrial engineer. Through a balanced selection of computer science and industrial engineering courses, this program gives students a solid foundation to be able to design and realize secure and reliable information systems. Students can specialize in one of the four streams: business process management, healthcare, ICT services and logistics.
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Because of digitization and automation, the manufacturing industry is now rapidly changing. The whole chain of products, machines, factories, warehouses and customers, or the Internet of Things, is able to share and exchange information. To fully exploit this network of information for more effective and efficient production, the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Master program provides students with knowledge of the whole chain: from the technology inside the machine up to the level of supply chains. The program offers this combination of technological knowledge of high-tech production systems and knowledge of production processes and supply chains, and shows how to apply this knowledge effectively at both system and network level.