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School: University of Illinois
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Start Date: December 14, 2015 (4 Weeks Long)
Workload: 6-8 Hours Per Week
Instructor: Gopesh Anand
Credentials: Anand is an award-winning teacher who is currently the associate professor of business administration at the University of Illinois’ College of Business. Holding a Ph.D. in operations management from Ohio State, Anand has been named among the “List of Excellent of Teachers” at the school for the past six consecutive years, along with being named the school’s MBA Professor of the Year in 2011. His research interests include operations strategy and continuous improvement and his recent work has been published by Production and Operations Management and the International Journal of Operations and Production Management.
Graded: Students can choose to explore course videos, discussions, and ungraded assignments for free, but they won’t be able to submit graded assignments, earn a certificate, or complete a specialization without paying a $79 fee for each course.
Description: These days, operations is considered to be a competitive differentiator in enhancing customer experience and reducing costs. But it isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. And it requires operations professionals to closely partner with marketing and finance to execute company strategy. In this course, students will learn the tools for establishing processes, reducing bottlenecks, establishing quality control, and managing suppliers and delivery chains. In addition, they will study frameworks and metrics for evaluating capacity, lead time, and inventory management. The course will be taught through readings, video lectures, and quizzes.
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Additional Note: Professor Anand recommends that students come with a basic knowledge of statistics, including variation and distribution. This course is part of a seven course specialization (“Improving Business Finances and Operations”) from the University of Illinois.