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Manufacturing Competitiveness through Operational Excellence

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Duration: 2 days
Timings: 10 AM – 5:30 PM
Dates: January 18-19, 2024
Programme Director: Prof Sourabh D. Kulkarni
Mode: Hybrid
Fees: Online: Rs 8,000+ GST@18%
Offline: Rs 16,000+ GST@18%
Residential: Rs 26,000+ GST@18%

Programme Introduction:

In Modern-Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world, manufacturing firms can no longer afford to the traditional view of operations as a series of isolated technical problems. Traditional view of reacting through operations is no longer sufficient as they lose their competitive edge due to perhaps underdeveloped and obsolete operational capabilities.
As a remedy to underdeveloped operational capabilities, firms often prefer operational improvement programs such as lean in an attempt to reduce their operational wastes. However, many firms experience failure in their attempt of achieving manufacturing competitiveness. Thus, neither the traditional view point of reacting through operations nor improvement programs such as lean have potential to leverage operations towards competitive requirements of the firm.
The operational pro-activeness and competing through operational excellence have become an imperative for the survival and competitiveness of the firms. Competing through operational excellence requires the strategic thinking in the manufacturing decisions at structural as well as infrastructural levels.

Programme Objectives:

The aim of this program is to enable manufacturing professionals and managers to deal with strategic as well as tactical level operational problems. More specifically, the objectives of the program are as follows:

  • To understand the strategic role of manufacturing operations.
  • To understand the process of formulation, implementation and improvement of operations strategy
  • To anticipate potentials of operational capabilities in firm competitiveness.

Programme Content:

  • Operations Strategy and its strategic role towards enhancing competitiveness
  • Frameworks for Competing and defending through operations
  • Linking Operations strategy and improvement best practices such as lean, TPM
  • Defining Lean and Agile Operations to leverage manufacturing capabilities in Quality, Cost, Delivery, and flexibility dimensions.
  • Applications of Value stream mapping for productivity improvement (kaizen) opportunities
  • Case studies on Kaizens with Industrial Engineering and productivity improvements tools to compete and sustain with operational excellence
  • Introduction to Emerging trends and their applications in developing manufacturing competitiveness such as Theory of Constraints (TOC), Business Process Reengineering (BPR), Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), Industry 4.0 and block chain technologies.

Programme Methodology:

The primary method of this program will be case study and practical workshops on the applications of operational improvement initiatives and their connect with strategic requirements. Further, the program would be enhanced with the blend of classroom lectures, experience sharing and group activities on the applications of program content on the real-life scenarios.

Target Organizations:

Micro, small and medium tier ancillary manufacturers as well as Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) from industrial manufacturing sectors.

Target Participants:

This program is exclusively designed for the passionate manufacturing managers and manufacturing representatives who seek their ways from challenging and thankless daily hustle and bustle of operations management; but simultaneously endeavoring to make their operations effective and more importantly ‘competitive’.

Programme Director:

Prof Sourabh D. Kulkarni is working as Assistant Professor in the Quantitative Techniques and Operations Management area. Prof Sourabh has developed an integrated Lean-TPM-TOC model for productivity improvements in Indian auto ancillary firms. This model has been successfully implemented in the manufacturing networks of the Indian auto component cluster in Pune, Maharashtra with remarkable improvements in manufacturing competitiveness. Prof Sourabh has published his research in the international journals of repute such as- International Journal of Production Research (IJPR), Business Process Management Journal (BPMJ), International Journal of Human factors and engineering (IJHFE), International Journal of management concepts and philosophy (IJMCP), International Journal of Global business and competitiveness (IJGBC). Sourabh is also serving as the reviewer for various international and national journals. Research and consulting Interest Areas: Manufacturing Strategy, Business Competitiveness Lean Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Worksystem Design, Manufacturing Competitiveness, Operational Excellence.

Corporate Group Discount:

One complimentary nomination for every group of three nominations from the same organization, i.e., 3+1 participants for the fee of 3 participants.

For registration/enquiries , please mail to or call at/+ 91 9166085159/+91 9810875278/+91-11-46485562 /41242477

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