THE MASTER'S PROGRAMME IS NOT OPEN FOR ENROLMENT FROM 2019
This master programme is closed for intake from 2019, but you might be interested in other AAU-programmes within the subject area:
Currently enrolled students continue the programme as planned.
Operations and Innovation Management is a two-year Master's programme that combines lectures and project work.
You will work with the connections between technology, innovation, operations and value chain management. You will obtain technological tools that enable you to operate, develop and implement systems, processes and value chains in a global context.
You will learn about for example:
- Operations management and strategy
- Productivity improvement
- Management of Outsourcing and Offshoring
- Sustainability in global value chains
- Technology development and Innovation management
- Organization of global value chains and business processes
- Design, improvement and operation of global value chains and business processes
On the first and second semester you will spend half of your study time on courses and course work while the other half of your time will be spent doing a semester project. Each semester has an overall theme and within this theme, you conduct a semester project with your project group, where you investigate and attempt to solve a relevant issue within your field of study. You are encouraged to carry out one or more semester projects in collaboration with external companies and organisations. This gives you an exceptional opportunity to combine theory and practice.
The study programmes at AAU are based on problem based learning and project work, which give you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice in your semester projects, which will prepare you better for your future career.
SEE THE PROGRAMME’S CURRICULUM
1st SEMESTER: Configuration and DESIGN OF GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS
On the first semester, you will work with improving the configuration and design in organizations or networks of organizations.
- Research methods and analysis (5 ects)
- Operations management and productivity improvement (5 ects)
- Outsourcing and procurement (5 ects)
- Configuration, Design, and Improvement of manufacturing or service value chains (15 ECTS)
examples of pROJEcT topics
- Improving delivery ability
- Digital transformation challenges in supply chains
- Assessing operations risks and mitigating these in China
- Developing an operations strategy
- Improving productivity through the application of lean
- Implementing lean in the garment industry in Bangladesh
2nd SEMESTER: INNOVATION AND Implementation
During the second semester, you will work with problems related to implementing and using innovations and technologies in a sustainable, coherent, and value creating manner within value chains of organizations or network of organizations
- Innovation, Technology, and Change (5 ECTS)
- Developing integrated solutions (5 ECTS)
- Engineering Key Processes (Elective 5 ECTS)
- Sustainable Operations Management (Elective 5 ects)
- Innovation and implementation within value chains (15 ECTS)
examples of pROJEcT topics
- Integrating purchasing and new product development
- Managing maturation of innovations – from idea to breakthrough concepts
- Managing the complexity of parallel and integrated product development
- Managing innovation for Bottom-of-the-Pyramid markets
- Developing the factory of the future
- Improving the innovation process
During the third semester, you have different options to earn the required 30 ECTS:
- You can do an academic internship in Denmark or abroad. Here you both take part in the day-to-day operations in the company, but you also need to find a project to work on as part of the internship. You will write an academic report about the project.
- You can study a semester at another educational institution abroad or in Denmark
- You can do a regular semester at AAU with courses and project work
- You can do an ordinary project
You can write a long Master’ thesis during 3rd and 4th semester, if you can find a project big enough to justify two semesters of work.
Aalborg University has collaboration agreements with universities around the world, and the programme’s research environment has a wide range of internship contacts.
On the fourth semester, you write your Master’s thesis, where you draw on all the knowledge, experience and skills you have acquired during your studies. Depending on your topic choice, the thesis will be in the nature of developmental work, further development, or actual research.
- Topic of own choice (30 ECTS)
examples of thesis topics
- Supplier control strategies in modular supply chains
- Business process design in an offshoring setup
- Project portfolio management
- Gaining a competitive edge through continuous improvement