Global Business Performance


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

This module is based on knowledge gained on the 1st Semester of the Operations and Innovation Management programme.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Understand various perspectives and theories that inform the formation and functioning of contemporary extended enterprise which consist of the focal company and its suppliers
  • Understand complexity management principles and tool kits based on systems science and systems methodology
  • Account for various orientations of companies’ operations systems (technology, innovation, cost, quality, flexibility) and can explain how these orientations affect performance management and control
  • Understand risk types (both internal and external) and their impacts in extended enterprises 
  • Understand the principles of value stream costing, using value stream mapping and business process re-engineering
  • Understand and can explain value engineering, target costing and chained target costing in cooperation between the focal company and its 1st, 2nd, etc. tier suppliers
  • Understand total cost of ownership (TCO), differentiated on the basis of product-/supplier type, techniques in the form of ‘Monetary-based method’ (Activity Based Cost Systems), ‘Cost-ratio/value-based method’ and ‘Mathematical programming decision model’
  • Understand and can explain supply chains financial and non-financial performance and its sensitivity as a function of the market and selected divide between push and pull operations
  • Understand and can explain conflicting and colliding cases of Lean and the company's financial management and reporting, as well as possible solutions, including financial reporting that complies with Lean's seven waste categories


  • Conduct analysis and evaluation of operations performance in the context of extended enterprises
  • Use tools and techniques for measuring and managing performance of activities that cross both geographical and organizational boundaries
  • Initiate performance improvement programs and their implementation in contemporary extended enterprises


  • Identify and diagnose problems with performance management systems in contemporary extended enterprises
  • Conceive appropriate performance management system designs
  • Take responsibility for implementation and control of operations performance management systems in contemporary extended enterprises

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examGlobal Business Performance
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titlePræstationsmåling og -vurdering af globale forretningsprocesser
Module codeM-OIM-K2-2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Management Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Production
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science