Torbjörn Netland: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2021

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

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
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) 351-0778-01.
3 credits3GB. Clarysse, S. Brusoni, E. Fleisch, G. Grote, V. Hoffmann, T. Netland, Y. R. Shrestha, P. Tinguely, L. P. T. Vandeweghe
AbstractDiscovering Management offers an introduction to the field of business management and entrepreneurship for engineers and natural scientists. By taking this course, students will enhance their understanding of management principles and the tasks that entrepreneurs and managers deal with. The course consists of theory and practice sessions, presented by a set of area specialists at D-MTEC.
ObjectiveThe general objective of Discovering Management is to introduce students into the field of business management and entrepreneurship.

In particular, the aims of the course are to:
(1) broaden understanding of management principles and frameworks
(2) advance insights into the sources of corporate and entrepreneurial success
(3) develop skills to apply this knowledge to real-life managerial problems

The course will help students to successfully take on managerial and entrepreneurial responsibilities in their carreers and / or appreciate the challenges that entrepreneurs and managers deal with.
ContentThe course consists of a set of theory and practice sessions, which will be taught on a weekly basis. The course will cover business management knowledge in corporate as well as entrepreneurial contexts.

The course consists of three blocks of theory and practice sessions: Discovering Strategic Management, Discovering Innovation Management, and Discovering HR and Operations Management. Each block consists of two or three theory sessions, followed by one practice session where you will apply the theory to a case.

The theory sessions will follow a "lecture-style" approach and be presented by an area specialist within D-MTEC. Practical examples and case studies will bring the theoretical content to life. The practice sessions will introduce you to some real-life examples of managerial or entrepreneurial challenges. During the practice sessions, we will discuss these challenges in depth and guide your thinking through team coaching.

Through small group work, you will develop analyses of each of the cases. Each group will also submit a "pitch" with a clear recommendation for one of the selected cases. The theory sessions will be assessed via a multiple choice exam.
Lecture notesAll course materials (readings, slides, videos, and worksheets) will be made available to inscribed course participants through Moodle. These course materials will form the point of departure for the lectures, class discussions and team work.
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Problem-solvingassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence assessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
363-0445-00LProduction and Operations Management3 credits2GT. Netland
AbstractThis core course provides insights into the basic theories, principles, concepts, and techniques used to design, analyze, and improve the operational capabilities of an organization.
ObjectiveThis course provides students a broad theoretical basis for understanding, analyzing, designing, and improving operations. After completing this course:
1. Students can apply key concepts of POM to detail an operations strategy.
2. Students can conduct basic process mapping analysis and elaborate on the limitations of the chosen method.
3. Students can calculate the needed capacity to meet demand.
4. Students can select and use problem-solving tools and methods.
5. Students can select and use the basic tools of lean thinking to improve the productivity of production and service operations.
6. Students can explain how new technologies and servitization affect production and operations management.
7. Additional skills: Students acquire experience in teamwork, report writing, and presentation.
ContentThe course covers the most fundamental strategic and tactical concepts in production and operations management (POM).

POM is concerned with the business processes that transform input into output and deliver products and services to customers. POM is much more than what takes place inside the production facilities of companies like ABB, Boeing, BMW, LEGO, Nestlé, Roche, TESLA, and Toyota, to mention a few (although factory management is important and a big part of POM). Also, finance firms, professional service firms, media organizations, non-profit organizations, and public service companies are dependent on their operational capabilities. With the ongoing globalization and digitization of operations, POM has won a deserved status for providing a competitive advantage.

The following three fundamental areas in POM are covered: (1) Introduction to POM and operations strategy. (2) Operations design and management, including demand and capacity management, production planning and control, the role of inventory, lean management, service operations, and performance measurement. (3) Operations improvement, including problem-solving and the use of new technologies in POM ("Industry 4.0" / digitalization). Students can expect to learn a range of useful concepts, principles, and methods that can be used to design, analyze, and improve value-creating processes.

POM is concerned with the productivity of technology, people, and processes. Hence, POM is a generic research field, relevant to all business sectors. Yet, many of the examples and concepts of POM stem from the manufacturing sector, which for many years have been subject to global competition and learned how to develop effective and efficient operations.
LiteratureSuggested literature is provided in the syllabus.
363-0445-02LProduction and Operations Management – Supplement Credit
Does not take place this semester.
A parallel enrolment to the lecture 363-0445-00L Production and Operations Management is mandatory.
1 credit1AT. Netland
AbstractExtension to course 363-0445-00 Production and Operations Management.
ObjectiveThis course strengthens the learning objectives of the POM core course (see separate syllabus). After completing this course,
• students can use lean thinking to improve the productivity of production processes,
• students can conduct fundamental process mapping analyses.
• students can select and implement many lean production techniques,
• students can select and use problem-solving tools and methods, and
• students understand the role of management in manufacturing.
ContentThis course is an extension to the course 363-0445-00 Production and Operations Management. Participants get an extra deep dive into key concepts of POM.

The lectures in this course are highly interactive. To pass this course, students need to complete a course assignment in pairs. The course assignment consists of two parts: preparations for the lecture and a reflection essay after the lecture
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course (1ECTS) is offered as an extension to the D-MTEC core course 363-0445-02 Production and Operations Management (3 ECTS). To take this course, you have to follow the core course.

Due to its practical format, this course is limited to ca 30 students. Note that we offer this course primarily for students who need the extra credit (total of 4 ECTS) to complete their study plans. This will typically be students from D-MAVT and, in some cases, exchange students. Students from all other departments (inducing D-MTEC) are welcome to apply to the lecturer. If capacity, applicants may receive written acceptance by the teaching team to join.
363-1028-00LEntrepreneurial Leadership Restricted registration - show details
Limited number of participants.

Students apply for this course via the official website no later than August 23 (Link).
Once your application is confirmed, registration in myStudies is possible.
4 credits3SZ. Erden Özkol, S. Brusoni, T. Netland, P. Tinguely
AbstractThis seminar provides master and PhD students at MTEC with the challenging opportunity of a real case on strategy, innovation and leadership in close collaboration with the top management of a leading Swiss manufacturing company: Georg Fischer.
ObjectiveThe general objective of the course is to enable MTEC students to develop leadership skills by dealing with real-world business problems, thinking critically about the concepts discussed in their study programs and learning how to apply these concepts to provide practical implications. It provides students with coaching and mentoring from senior leaders in the company and professors from D-MTEC to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
ContentThis seminar provides ambitious ETH students and doctoral candidates with a rewarding learning opportunity: a real case study of strategy and innovation in close collaboration with the top management of an outstanding company: Georg Fischer.

What you can expect:

You will work in teams on specific high priority assignments that flow from the company. Delving into the assignments you will both contribute to solving strategic issues and have an impact on their implementation at the company.

To gain insight into the company and its culture you will receive briefings from senior management, conduct interviews with experts and run workshops with your case managers. In the final presentations you will pitch your findings to key stakeholders and top management representatives and receive valuable feedback.

Furthermore you will be coached and supported by MTEC professors on the topics of project scoping, problem definition and solving, process improvement, strategy and board presentation.

The course is directed and organised by PD Dr. Zeynep Erden and Dr. Isabel Spicker as part of the MTEC Leadership Development Programme.

What we expect from you:

You are an ambitious ETH student or doctoral candidate who is looking for a rewarding learning opportunity and is eager to go the extra mile. You will work on a real case study of strategy, technology and innovation in close collaboration with the senior management of an outstanding Swiss company. The recommendations that you formulate in collaboration with members of your team as well as with internal and external experts will be discussed at the Partner and Director levels. This demands a deep understanding of the company's leadership culture.

In this endeavour you are coached and supported by

- Stefano Brusoni, Chair of Technology and Innovation Management
- Georg von Krogh, Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation
- Torbjörn Netland, Chair of Production and Operations Management
- Zeynep Erden, Vlerick Business School/ D-MTEC
LiteratureLiterature and readings will be announced in the coaching sessions.
Prerequisites / NoticePlease apply for this course via the official website (www.mtec.ethz.ch). Apply no later than August 22.
The number of participants is limited to 18.
ECTS: 4
Participants receive a certificate.
364-1064-00LInaugural Seminar - Doctoral Retreat Information Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
Pre-registration upon invitation required.
Once your pre-registration has been confirmed, a registration in myStudies is possible.
1 credit1SP. Schmid, S. Brusoni, R. Finger, G. Grote, T. Netland, F. von Wangenheim, to be announced
AbstractThis course is geared towards first and second-year doctoral candidates of MTEC. It is held as in a workshop style. Students attending this seminar will benefit from interdisciplinary discussions and insights into current and future work in business and economics research.
ObjectiveThe purpose of this course is to
- introduce doctoral candidates to the world of economics, management and systems research at MTEC
- make doctoral candidates aware of silo-thinking in the specific sub-disciplines and encourage them to go beyond those silos
- discuss current issues with regard to substantive, methodological and theoretical domains of research in the respective fields