This course deals with current issues in sustainable operations management. These issues may range from environmental issues such as waste minimisation, greenhouse gasses, landfill, recycling, reverse logistics and globalisation of operations. Students will look at these issues from the perspectives of both business and the environment. The course will include discussions on Environmental Policy as related to businesses, and students will have the opportunity to conduct an environmental audit.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Integrate the principles of innovation, “Lean” production, six-sigma, operations management and the importance of a systems approach in OM into the team project.
Describe the philosophies of Lean and Six Sigma, and how to apply them to a hybrid model.
Integrate EMS/ISO4000 and Natural Step principles to the design of operational processes.
Present and evaluate a formal operations proposal.
Differentiate various business models based on product and industry.
Integrate the principles of the design and management of Key Performance Indicators and Process-Level Metrics into the team project.
Apply sustainability measures throughout the value chain.
Leverage sustainability gain throughout a value network.
Describe the concept and process of innovation within an organization.
Define the concept of open innovation, and the impacts it can have on business, the consumer and the environment.
Develop a facilities-based understanding of sustainability, from a triple-bottom-line perspective.
Create an Environmental Policy statement for a simple business.
Explore avenues of waste minimisation.
Conduct a basic environmental audit.
Select appropriate qualitative and quantitative measures to monitor and improve environmental performance.
Make informed decisions to reduce environmental costs and to identify business opportunities while helping to improve their company’s environmental performance.
Describe the meaning of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and the extent of its current use.
Describe the meaning and process of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA).
Discuss the economics of environmental protection: decentralised policies, command and control policies.
Effective as of Fall 2011
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