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15.763J / 1.274J / ESD.268J Manufacturing System and Supply Chain Design, Spring 2005

Digital camera supply chain.

The digital camera supply chain as seen in session 11. (Image by Prof. Stephen C. Graves.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a sample of lecture notes as well as a set of class readings.

Course Description

15.763J focuses on decision making for system design, as it arises in manufacturing systems and supply chains. Students are exposed to frameworks and models for structuring the key issues and trade-offs. The class presents and discusses new opportunities, issues and concepts introduced by the internet and e-commerce. It also introduces various models, methods and software tools for logistics network design, capacity planning and flexibility, make-buy, and integration with product development. Industry applications and cases illustrate concepts and challenges. The class is recommended for anyone concentrating in Operations Management, and is a second half-term subject.

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files.



Prof. Stephen Graves
Prof. David Simchi-Levi

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week 
1.5 hours / session




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