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Integrated Seminar Exercise

Course objectives and method

The purpose of this seminar is to emphasize the integration between the management of the different functional domains on the operational level. Moreover, the course gives the opportunity to apply the techniques and concepts already taught in different courses into the context of a real company.
The students will work in small groups in order to thoroughly analyse a case study, and report their findings in a paper and present their results to a team of experts.
It is the intention that the students use knowledge and abilities acquired during the Bachelor program to conduct independent and scientific (hence critical) research. In this way they will acquire the skill to analyse and solve problems in a scientific manner. At the same time students will have to collaborate with different teams of students and will need to write down and present their findings appropriately and convincingly. This enhances the students’ communicative skills and their ability to work in team.

Course material

Textbook: There is no textbook. The slides and the case material will be put available via Academia Press.
 
Software: For the construction of a production plan, students need to build an optimization model. There are very powerful tools available on the market, but MS Solver is probably the most widely known tool for students. It's simple, it's integrated with MS Excel, it's powerful and ... it's free. MS Solver can be automatically added to your Windows and Mac Excel version (shown here). For Excel 2008 on Mac, it must be installed as a separate application (download here).

Downloads

February 22, 2016:

(download files by right clicking on mouse and saving as xxx.csv file). Be careful when importing csv files to MS Excel files (in case you see differences between the file and the hard copy of the case study, something went wrong). If you don't know how to import a CSV file into MS Excel, go to Google and search, or visit this website.

  • The appendix Tables 11 and 12 "Verkoopcijfers en economische indicatoren" for Coolioparty NV can be downloaded here.
  • The appendix Tables 11 and 12 "Verkoopcijfers en economische indicatoren" for Elecless NV can be downloaded here.
  • The appendix Tables 11 and 12 "Verkoopcijfers en economische indicatoren" for Seltzero NV can be downloaded here.
  • The appendix Tables 11 and 12 "Verkoopcijfers en economische indicatoren" for Triple-D NV can be downloaded here.
  • The appendix Tables 11 and 12 "Verkoopcijfers en economische indicatoren" for VirtualGlobe NV can be downloaded here.
  • MS Excel: The tables can also be opened in MS Excel format for those who don't know how to properly import CSV into MS Excel. Beware to use the correct file for your case, and don't forget to check whether the numbers are correct after downloading. You never know what happens when you use Microsoft products! :-).


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