2021 Production Management

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Industrial Engineering and Economics
Suzuki Sadami 
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Tue5-6(W934)  Fri5-6(W934)  
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Course description and aims

Production management involves the integration of numerous operations or activities and processes to produce goods and services in a highly competitive global environment. This course focuses on theory and practice of production management with an emphasis on solving problems in industrial engineering and management. Topics include historical view of production paradigm, production control, inventory management (economic order quantity; EOQ, safety stock, multi-echelon stock), production scheduling, delivery scheduling, project scheduling, theory of constraints; TOC, supply chain management; SCM and customer value.
This course intend to learn fundamental knowledges and skills to achieve efficient and effective management systems.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand:
(1) the basic concepts of production paradigms in production management
(2) the production planning and inventory management
(3) the various scheduling methodology (production, delivery, project) and how to implement them
(4) the concept of total optimization, theory of constraints;TOC and supply chain management;SCM


Production Planning, Inventory Management, Scheduling, Project Management, Theory of Constraints, Supply Chain Management, Customer Satisfaction

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Give a lecture on each topic and give some exercise problems. Solutions for the exercise problems are also reviewed.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Understand course overview
Class 2 Historical View of Production Paradigm (1) PUSH Control (Taylor-ism and Ford-ism) Understand the basic concept of Taylor-ism and Ford-ism
Class 3 Historical View of Production Paradigm (1) PULL Control (Toyota-ism and Lean Production) Understand the basic concept of Toyota-ism and Lean Production
Class 4 Production Control and Management (1) MRP; Material Requirement Planning Understand what is production planning and how to conduct MRP caluculation
Class 5 Production Control and Management (2) Production Planning and Inventory Understand the relationship between production planning and inventory management from the perspective of flow and stock
Class 6 Inventory Management (1) EOQ; Economic Order Quantity and Safety Stock Understand the concept of single-stage inventory management system through EOQ and safety stock
Class 7 Inventory Management (2) Inventory for Multi-stage Supply Chain Understand the concept of multi-stage inventory management system
Class 8 Production Scheduling (1) Flow Shop Scheduling Calculate optimal solution for flow shop scheduling problems
Class 9 Production Scheduling (2) Job Shop Scheduling Learn and compute heuristics rule based solutions for job shop scheduling problems
Class 10 Delivery Scheduling Understand the algorithm for solving delivery scheduling problems
Class 11 Project Management (PERT, CPM) Understand and utilize Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) for project management
Class 12 TOC; Theory of Constraints Understand the TOC's management philosophy based on total optimization
Class 13 Supply Chain Management (1) Bullwhip Effect and Domino Effect Understand the bullwhip effect and Domino effect in a supply chain
Class 14 Supply Chain Management (2) Information Sharing and Collaboration Understand fundamentals of global supply chain management

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Provide handouts for each topic

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Enkawa, Takao and Itoh, Kenji. Methods and Techniques of Production Management, Tokyo: Asakura Shoten; ISBN-13: 978-4254126136 (Japanese)
Miyakawa, Kimio et al. Management Information System, Tokyo: Chuokeizai-sha; ISBN-13: 978-4502091704 (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Final exam and exercise problems.

Related courses

  • IEE.C302 : Quality Management
  • IEE.A205 : Statistics for Industrial Engineering and Economics
  • IEE.A204 : Probability for Industrial Engineering and Economics
  • IEE.C202 : Industrial Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Nothing in Particular

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