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Northwestern University

Scaling Operations: Linking Strategy and Execution

Northwestern University via Coursera

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Over the past several decades, operations strategy has played an increasingly important role in business’ success. In this course, we will equip you with concepts and tools to build operations in a way that not only supports your competitive strategy, but also allows you to create new opportunities in the market place.

Scaling operations: Linking strategy and execution is a five-week course dedicated to making strategic decisions that are grounded in operational reality. Together, we will study how to build and evaluate the “operating system” of the firm to maximize value. This involves tailoring the firm’s operational competencies, assets, and processes to a specific business strategy.

Each week, we’ll explore case studies, engage in discussions and examine realistic data. Thanks to our data-driven approach, you’ll be able to implement your learning directly into practice. At the end of this course, you’ll be ready to build an effective, actionable plan to scale your department or organization.

Taught by

Gad Allon and Jan Van Mieghem


4.0 rating, based on 4 Class Central reviews

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    Bill Seliger
    This course is a strategic level survey of Operations Strategy. Little to no math is required and the projects focus on 4 mini-cases and applying the concepts the two profs cover in the lectures (there is also the option to use your own enterprise…
  • Anonymous
    Very good course, instructors are involved and helpful.

    Short videos, but enough quality content that challenges a learner to learn by doing instead of sitting back passively.
    Most of the learning is done through the forums and the case study projects (peer grading works fairly well in this course).
    The weekly hangout sessions with the professors complete an overall very good learning experience.

    This is not an easy course, but when you put in the effort you are likely to pass and learn.
  • Anonymous
    Great course. Professor Allon and Professor Van Mieghem do a great job of teaching how to scale your firm's operations. Loved the videos and the Google Hangouts.
  • This is false advertising. I was told that this course would start today. The assignments, some of the questions even some of the discussion forms were half finished or not there at all. The course itself was still being constructed!

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