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ES950 - Business and Operations Design

  • Module code: ES950
  • Module name: Business and Operations Design
  • Department: Warwick Manufacturing Group
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aim is to explore the generic capabilities companies operating in today’s competitive environment are seeking to possess, and using systems theory, to understand why the traditional functional organisation may no longer be the most appropriate structure to deliver these capabilities. A process-based company is offered as an alternative and the methodology for designing a business in line with this is explored in detail, using case histories as appropriate. The key enablers of IT and organisation design are addressed.

Principal learning outcomes

On completion of this module, participants will: Understand the benefits of a process-based company to facilitate the delivery of competitive advantage; Understand the fundamental principles of systems theory as a business design and analysis tool; Appreciate the key business design elements of business processes, organisation design and IT; Understand how to develop a design methodology, based on systems theory, which can be applied at the: Business level to create a customer focused organisation; Business process level to create effective and efficient operations; Be able to assist in the development and execution of this methodology at the factory level when applied to the design of manufacturing cells; Have an awareness of the key issues that influence or impact the robustness and cohesiveness of these designs; Have an appreciation of the relevant tools and techniques and their application.

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Part-Time MSc

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: ES950-10)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed work as specified by department 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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