Title

Manufacturing in a Global Context: A Graduate Course on Agile, Reconfigurable Manufacturing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Publication Title

International Journal of Engineering Education

Volume

20

Issue

5

First Page

742

Last Page

753

Keywords

modern manufacturing, graduate courses, engineering education

Abstract

This paper describes the contents and organization of an advanced, graduate-level class which, while primarily focusing on principles of modern manufacturing, connects them with product design and business process issues, and places them in the context of two important trends: globalization and information-driven economy. The course aims to analyze the technical and business dimensions of various manufacturing paradigms, and identify concepts relevant to globalization and fragmented markets. It also emphasizes creativity in designing global products and touches on preparing simple business plans for starting new companies.