Designing Global Operational Systems


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Can account for relevant theories on theories on global business systems and value chains.
  • Can understand the role for and the deployment of choices in the design of (global) companies, supply chains, manufacturing systems, and production networks.


  • Can analyze and develop an integrated solution to a practical problem, usually in the form of a project developed in and together with a company.
  • Can write a well-structured project report, written with clear arguments.
  • Can critically explore empirical problems and account for the choice of theories and approaches to analyze and solve the selected problem.


  • Is able to operationalize theoretical contributions on global business systems and value chains as well as other relevant scientific fields in a practical setting.
  • Can work together as a team to analyze and develop integrated and feasible solution(s) to a practical organizational problem.
  • Can work together with an organization in an academically yet practically adequate manner.
  • Is able to demonstrate how to operationalize theoretical contributions to practical settings.
  • Possess the ability to identify and propose solutions with special focus on cross-functional issues.

Type of instruction

The module is carried out as group-based, problem-oriented project work. The group work is carried out as an independent work process in which the students themselves organize and coordinate their workload in collaboration with a supervisor. The project is carried out in groups with normally no more than 6 members.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 15 ECTS project module the expected workload is 450 hours for the student.



Name of examDesigning Global Operational Systems
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
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 gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleDesign af globale driftssystemer
Module codeM-OSM-K1-1
Module typeProject
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