Welcome to Perspective of Industry 4.0 (2021)


Description: In this course, we will discuss the perspectives and contents of Industry 4.0.

The course is divided into five themes:

Theme 1: Introduction to Industry 4.0
  • Background
  • History
  • Aims and Objectives

Theme 2: Smart factory (technology)
  • Introduction to the family of technologies
  • Technology evaluation

Theme 3: Value streams (integration)
  • The new role and responsibility of suppliers (system and goods suppliers), benefits and drawbacks of novel supply models, implications for new business models

Theme 4: Human factors
  • Competences, culture
  • Learning, Training and Assistance in Industry 4.0 (Methods, Tools, Formats)

Theme 5: Interaction, implementation and transformation
  • Survey of methodologies
  • Maturity assessment – AAUs 360

The course will consists of a number of lectures, combined with several workshop activities were the students works on specific cases.


Organizer: Professor Ole Madsen - om@mp.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Ulrich Berger, BTU, Germany,  Professor Ole Madsen, AAU, Assistant Professor Casper Schou, AAU, Guest speakers from industry/research

ECTS: 3.0

Time: 17-19 May 2021

Place: Aalborg University, Fibigerstræde 14.

Zip code: 
9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 26 April 2021


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.
Welcome to Management of Technology and Innovation (2021)


Description: Global, radical, open, hi-tech and business model are just a few of many buzz adjectives used in discussions of innovation for future growth. However, what is innovation? What is technology? How can we organize for and manage innovation successfully? And get beyond “traditional” approaches towards technology and innovation management. These and related questions are at the core of this course. 


The topics are:

  • Introduction to technology and innovation management
  • Innovation
    - Definitions, history, ‘schools’, areas
    - Types of innovation
    - Factors of success, failure and delay
    - Contingency factors in innovation studies
    - The process perspective
    - Innovation capabilities and absorptive capacity
  • The organization and management of innovation processes
    - Innovation roles
    - Team and organizational structures
  • Technology and innovation strategy
    - Manufacturing and R&D strategy, action plans and performance effects
    - (Open) foresight
  • Continuous innovation
    - Continuous innovation – what is it, why do we need it? 
    - Exploitation – exploration 
    - Strategic, innovation and operational excellence
    - Concepts helping companies to getting ever nearer continuous innovation capability: continuous improvement, concurrent engineering, agile manufacturing, mini-companies, lead factories …
  • Open innovation
    - What is open innovation?
    - Why opening up the innovation process?
    - Benefits of open innovation
    - Open innovation risks
    - Open … to whom?
    - Organizing for and managing open innovation
    - Open innovation in practice
  • Business model innovation
    - What is a business model?
    - What is business model innovation?
    - Business model innovation in practice
    - Decision-making under uncertainty
    - Risk and risk management


Organizer: Professor Dr. Harry Boer - hboer@business.aau.dk

Lecturers: Harry Boer, Yariv Taran, Astrid Heidemann Lassen

ECTS: 4.0

Time: 18-21 May 2021, From 09:00-16:30 (each day)

Place: Department of Materials and Production, Fibigerstræde 16 

Zip code: 
9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 28 April 2021


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.
Welcome to Advanced musculoskeletal modelling (2021)


Description: Musculoskeletal modelling applied to advanced topics, such as detailed joint models, exoskeletons and statistical models. Full description is pending feedback from students at the recent course.

Organizer: Professor John Rasmussen, jr@mp.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Michael Skipper Andersen, msa@mp.aau.dk , Associate Professor Mark de Zee, mdz@hst.aau.dk, Professor John Rasmussen, jr@mp.aau.dk

ECTS: 4.0

Time: 03-07 May 2021

Place: Aalborg University 

Zip code: 
9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 12 April 2021


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.
Welcome to Advances in Operations and Supply Chain Management (2021)


Description: With the rediscovery of its strategic importance, Operations Management (OM) or, as it should be more appropriately called Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM), has undergone massive changes as a field of research in the last three decades. Until the early 1980s, OM research was focused on areas such as inventory management, scheduling, quality inspection and control, layout and location decisions. Today, with the enormous possibilities offered by Information Technology, massive globalization, and core competence thinking, industrial production is taking place in elaborate global supply chains and networks of partners each focusing on what they are best at and together aiming at delivering superior value to the global market place in a world, which is running out of natural resources, undergoing a climate change with possibly dramatic consequences, and suffering from natural and human disasters. Current OSCM research focuses on operations and footprint strategy, performance management, manufacturing and supply chain configurations and governance, sustainability, crisis management and humanitarian operations.

With the introduction of the Internet of Things and Services in manufacturing systems, the next wave of technology-driven innovation is on the doorstep, and one of the key questions for OSCM to address is: what are the implications of concepts such as Enterprise 2.0, Industry 4.0, and the smart factory of the future for OSCM as a field of practice and research.

While the progress in practice has been massive, OSCM has also been accused of being theory-poor and irrelevant for practitioners. The call to recognize OSCM for what it is, a field of management research and practice, which requiring the discipline to both improve its theoretical basis and practical relevance and accessibility, is become louder and louder.

The course on Advances in Operations and Supply Chain Management addresses several OSCM topics related to the management of “manufacturing systems of today and tomorrow”, including:

OM theory and practice – implications for research design
  • Relevance and the role of theory in OSCM research
  • Collaborative research strategies
  • Developing theory from research with practice
From mass manufacturing through lean production to agility and beyond
  • The principles of lean and agile production
  • Are lean and agile mutually exclusive concepts, mutually supportive concepts, or is lean an antecedent to agile?
  • What, if any, alternative concepts are just beyond the horizon?

The implications of Enterprise 2.0, Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing and the “factory of the future” for OSCM
  • How will OSCM as a field of practice and research be affected if factories and supply chains are populated by highly connected smart machines and smart (knowledge) workers?
Manufacturing strategy in a global context
  • Manufacturing strategy as a process
  • Footprint strategy
  • Global performance management
  • Globally sustainable supply networks


Organizer: Professor Dr. Harry Boer - hboer@business.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Dr. Harry Boer (AAU), Professor John Johansen, PhD (AAU), Professor Charles Møller, PhD (AAU), Associate Professor Cheng Yang, PhD (AAU)

ECTS: 4.0

Time: November 2021

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code: 
9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: October 2021


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.