Torbjörn Netland: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2019

Award: The Golden Owl
Name Prof. Dr. Torbjörn Netland
FieldProduction and Operations Management
Prod.- und Operations-Management
ETH Zürich, WEV H 321
Weinbergstr. 56/58
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 05 55
DepartmentManagement, Technology, and Economics
RelationshipFull Professor

351-0778-00LDiscovering Management
Entry level course in management for BSc, MSc and PHD students at all levels not belonging to D-MTEC.
This course can be complemented with Discovering Management (Excercises) 351-0778-01L.
3 credits3GL. De Cuyper, M. Ambühl, S. Brusoni, B. Clarysse, E. Fleisch, V. Hoffmann, T. Netland, G. von Krogh, F. von Wangenheim
AbstractDiscovering Management offers an introduction to the field of business management and entrepreneurship for engineers and natural scientists. The module provides an overview of the principles of management, teaches knowledge about management that is highly complementary to the students' technical knowledge, and provides a basis for advancing the knowledge of the various subjects offered at D-MTEC.
ObjectiveThe objective of this course is to introduce the students to the relevant topics of the management literature and give them a good introduction in entrepreneurship topics too. The course is a series of lectures on the topics of strategy, innovation, marketing, corporate social responsibility, and productions and operations management. These different lectures provide the theoretical and conceptual foundations of management. In addition, students are required to work in teams on a project. The purpose of this project is to analyse the innovative needs of a large multinational company and develop a business case for the company to grow.
ContentDiscovering Management aims to broaden the students' understanding of the principles of business management, emphasizing the interdependence of various topics in the development and management of a firm. The lectures introduce students not only to topics relevant for managing large corporations, but also touch upon the different aspects of starting up your own venture. The lectures will be presented by the respective area specialists at D-MTEC.
The course broadens the view and understanding of technology by linking it with its commercial applications and with society. The lectures are designed to introduce students to topics related to strategy, corporate innovation, corporate social responsibility, and business model innovation. Practical examples from industry will stimulate the students to critically assess these issues.
Prerequisites / NoticeDiscovering Management is designed to suit the needs and expectations of Bachelor students at all levels as well as Master and PhD students not belonging to D-MTEC. By providing an overview of Business Management, this course is an ideal enrichment of the standard curriculum at ETH Zurich.
No prior knowledge of business or economics is required to successfully complete this course.
363-0448-00LGlobal Operations Strategy3 credits3GT. Netland
AbstractThis course provides students a theoretical fundament and practical skills for strategic configuration and coordination of global production networks and facility planning and design.
ObjectiveStudents will be able to analyze, plan, and design factory networks and single facilities.
1. Students can analyze strengths and weaknesses of a company’s global factory network.
2. Students can conduct a basic factory localization analysis and elaborate the risks involved and the limitations of the chosen method.
3. Students are familiar with key issues in managing global operations.
4. Students can analyze a global productivity improvement program.
5. Additional skills: Students acquire experience in teamwork, report writing and presentation.
ContentThis course deals with the configuration and coordination of global manufacturing operations.
Lecture notesSee Moodle
LiteratureSee Moodle
Prerequisites / NoticeRequirements: Preferably the course 363-0445-00L Production and Operations Management
363-0768-00LLecture Cycle ETH and UZH: Logistics Management Information 3 credits2VT. Netland, H. Dietl
AbstractTo show potentials for an efficient, flexible and rapid processing of material and information flows.
ObjectiveTo show potentials for an efficient, felxible and rapid processing of material and information flows.
ContentNew approaches and integral concepts to optimize business processes. Projects in industry, engineering tools
Lecture notesAm Ende der Vorlesungsreihe werden Präsentationsunterlagen abgegeben.
363-1101-00LInformation Technologies in Production and Operations Management
Prerequisite: successfully completed course ahead 363-0445-00L Production and Operations Management.
1 credit1GE. Scherer Casanova, T. Netland
AbstractInformation Technology (IT) is an integrated part of production and operations management (POM). As digitalization is on the rise, it is imperative for students to be familiar with the common IT systems used in industry.
ObjectiveIn this course, the students gain an overview about the role and use of IT in POM. The course focuses on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. It also touches briefly on other business software such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems, and collaborative supply chain software. . Through lectures and exercises, the students gain experience with ERP and the challenges surrounding implementing and managing IT systems in local and global POM settings.

After completing this course:
1. Students are familiar with IT systems used in manufacturing.
2. Students can select appropriate ERP software and ERP modules for a given company.
3. Students are familiar with appropriate parameter setting in ERP systems.
4. Students can explain the role of people in ERP.
5. Students can explain the link between operations, IT, and accounting.
Prerequisites / NoticeSuccessfully completed course ahead: 363-0445-00L Production and Operations Management.
Class attendance is required.
363-1117-00LFactory Planning and Design1 credit1GR. Binkert, T. Netland
AbstractThe planning and design of factories and warehouses is a central activity for any manufacturer and logistics service provider. A factory is much more than just a building or a working space. Factory planning and design is a strategic task that will have a long-lasting effect on a business’ ability to create value. Many aspects must be carefully considered.
ObjectiveAfter completing this course:
1. Students will be able to participate in projects for factory planning and design.
2. Students can identify the issues and difficulties which may emerge in factory planning and design.
3. Students can explain and apply the methods to plan and design a factory.
4. Students can differentiate the various technologies of materials handling systems.
5. Students can outline the basic factors to be considered when planning a new factory.
6. Students have a basic understanding of the tasks and how to face them when a new factory and its systems are being built and put into operation.