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Kod przedmiotu w USOS (course cod of USOS)

Kod przedmiotu SOCRATES

(course cod of SOCRATES)

Nazwa przedmiotu (cours title)

Operations, Outsourcing, Innovation, and Sustainability.

Typ przedmiotu (type of course)


Poziom przedmiotu (level of course)

Rok studiów, semestr (year of study, semester)


ECTS (number of credits)


Metody nauczania (teaching methods)

Język wykładowy przedmiotu (language of instruction)


Imię i nazwisko wykładowcy (name of lecturer)

Bernard Arogyaswamy

Wymagania wstępne (prerequisites)

Cele przedmiotu (objectives of the course, preferably expressed in terms of learning outcomes and competences)

Skrócony opis przedmiotu (brief course description)

The basic concepts in Operations, such as capacity planning, location, layout, quality, and supply chain are covered. Using these core ideas as a foundation, the rise of outsourcing and offshoring, particularly in services, is studied.

Innovation is critical for firms to maintain a competitive edge. This is true for all firms regardless of industry. Principles of technological, business model, and managerial innovation, along with concepts underlying National, Regional, and Local Innovation Systems, which are popular in the EU, and technology clusters are also covered.

The course expands on the concept and meaning of Sustainability, and all its various aspects are looked at. Sustainability is studied in connection with a variety of issues including energy use, and the types of non-fossil fuel available. Among the diverse sources of renewable energy available, the focus of this course will be on the concepts and practices underlying solar energy, along with an overview of wind, hydroelectric, and nuclear. While the range of renewable energy sources and applications is indeed wide and full of promise, the ability and willingness to finance their development and use needs particular attention. Among the major challenges to be dealt with are high initial costs and financing mechanisms, low capacity and efficiency, storage and/or recharging batteries, lack of dominant designs and standards, the critical role of entrepreneurs, and the need for appropriate institutions and government facilitation in the innovation process.

Pełny opis przedmiotu (full course description)

Metody oceny (assessment methods)

Exams (2) 50

Attendance/participation 15

Paper 35

Total 100

Literatura (bibliography)

  1. Global Business by Hill and Jones(Operations, R&D)

  2. Strategic Management by Hill and Jones (Technology Formats, standards, etc; outsourcing)

  3. Management of Innovation by Schilling

  4. Articles by Prof. Nowak and Prof. Arogyaswamy on Systems of Innovation, and by Prof. Arogyaswamy on Offshoring.

  5. Readings on Sustainability: Taken from works by Peter Senge, and others.

  6. Cases to be discussed in class: DuPont, Wal-Mart, Nature Works, LaFarge, Coca Cola, India)

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