Operations Strategy

A photograph of a manufacturing center.

This Kansas City plant uses a flexible manufacturing system to produce and inspect a wide variety of materials. (Image courtesy of Department of Energy Digital Archive.)


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As Taught In

Spring 2003



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Course Features

Course Highlights

A bibliography and study questions for readings used in the course are provided.

Course Description

This course will address operations strategy by building on the concepts of:

  1. Reengineering and process design developed by Dr. Michael Hammer.
  2. Manufacturing strategy as developed in the literature, primarily by people at HBS.
  3. Supply chain design and 3-D concurrent engineering literature as developed in Charles Fine’s book, Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage. Perseus Books, 1999.

The concepts there emphasize the necessity of integrating product strategy, manufacturing strategy, and supply chain strategy. As a result, each of these will be touched upon in the course.

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Charles Fine, and Michael Hammer. 15.769 Operations Strategy, Spring 2003. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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