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Mar 9—Jun 22, 2020
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EUR 5995 ≈USD 6685
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DESIGN YOUR OWN “INDUSTRY 4.0” ROADMAP

The question is, are you ready to take advantage of these changes and transition your business into the Industry 4.0 era?

Industry is changing – getting smarter and more connected. Production will change – and so must the supply chain. How can networking, digitisation, and smart analytics help you build the factory of the future?

This unique programme combines the expertise of one of Europe’s leading institutes of technology and one of its leading business schools. At RWTH Aachen’s Engineering Campus, lab time and demo factory visits combine to give you an action-oriented learning experience. This helps you to build your framework for a factory of the future. At Vlerick Business School, you’ll learn the very latest in strategic supply chain management and leadership. This powerful combination will give you the skills, experience and confidence to master the transition towards a digital factory and supply chain. And as you learn, you’ll be developing an action plan for your organisation – and present it to your board.

WHY THIS PROGRAMME?

You’ll start by demystifying Industry 4.0. Then you’ll build a roadmap to take your company on its own unique journey to smart production, smart supply chains – and all the business opportunities the shift could mean for you. You will:

  • Dive deep into the smart factory – and know how to assess the investment required, as well as likely returns
  • Know where your company is now – and know how to get it where it needs to be
  • Visit a demo plant so that you can directly experience what’s possible
  • Dive deep into the smart supply chain – and create a plan for digitising and transforming your own supply system
  • Discover the new opportunities that smart supply chains can create
  • Be able to lead the transformation you are recommending
  • Become an agent of change in your organisation

DETAILED PROGRAMME

The programme ‘Mastering the Digital Supply Chain’ consists of 2 modules and 3 webinars:

Webinar 1: Engagement on Framework

  • To demystify Industry 4.0 and set the scene
  • Know where your company is now – and know how to get it where it needs to be

Module 1: Smart Factory

  • Dive deep into the smart factory – and know how to assess the investment required, as well as likely returns
  • Visit a demo plant so that you can directly experience what’s possible

Webinar 2: Action Plan Assessment

  • Assess your roadmap after feedback within your company

Module 2: Smart Supply Chain

  • Dive deep into the smart supply chain – and create a plan for digitising and transforming your own supply system
  • Discover the new opportunities that smart supply chains can create
  • Be able to lead the transformation you are recommending
  • Become an agent of change in your organisation

Webinar 3: Reflection action plan

  • Reflect on your action plan: What went well? What could have been better? What have you achieved? Are you facing barriers? If so, which ones?
  • It’s all about putting knowledge into action and action into knowledge

Who should attend

This programme is designed for:

  • Professionals with management responsibilities in operations and IT
  • Operations managers in manufacturing or logistics companies
  • Chief digital officers
  • Business and process managers and professionals
  • Leaders of change projects in manufacturing or logistics companies
  • Innovation managers
  • Supply chain and operations consultants

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Ann Vereecke

Ann advises you on the supply chain that best fits your strategy and your products. Ann Vereecke is Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Vlerick Business School and Ghent University. She is Partner and Faculty Dean of Vlerick Business School. She graduated as an engineer at Ghen...

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Fredrik Hacklin

And over 30,000 online and printed journals + well-known business databases like Bloomberg, Euromonitor,... available for you. Fredrik Hacklin is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Vlerick Business School and Managing Director of the Corporate Innovation Lab. He further serves as Associate Professo...

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Robin Kleer

Robin Kleer is an Associate Professor of Innovation Management at Vlerick. He holds a Diploma in Business Engeneering from the University of Karlsruhe (2005). He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wuerzburg. Subsequently he worked as an assistant professor at RWTH Aachen Univers...

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Frank Piller

Frank T. Piller is a professor of management and the co-director of the RWTH Institute for Technology & Innovation Management at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, one of Europe’s leading universities of technology. Before entering his recent position in Aachen, he worked at the MIT Sloan Schoo...

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