Tauber Institute for Global Operations

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations’ mission is to empower leaders to solve operations and technology-based challenges through a multidisciplinary, action-oriented education, global industry partnerships, and a dynamic community to create positive impact.

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Tauber Faculty Select 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year

Fifty-one new car dealers – out of more than 16,000 dealers nationwide – are nominated for the prestigious 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year Award. A panel of Tauber Institute business and engineering faculty have selected finalists from each of the four National Automobile Dealers Association regions, as well as the national award winner for the 50th annual presentation of the award.

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Tauber Institute Welcomes Ford Motor Company’s Ron Johnson to the IAB

Ford Motor Company Director of Americas Quality Ron Johnson joins representatives of 30 of the world’s top corporations as a member of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations Industry Advisory Board.

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Faculty Honored for 25th Anniversary

In conjunction with the Tauber Institute for Global Operations’ 25th anniversary celebrations, Tauber leaders are honoring the contributions of eleven dedicated faculty advisors. The faculty from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and College of Engineering will be recognized this week at a gathering of Tauber Institute leaders, faculty, industry partners, alumni, and students.

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A Premier Multidisciplinary Operations Program at the University of Michigan

The Tauber Institute is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, working together with a wide range of industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management.

In 2012, the Institute was awarded the first UPS George D. Smith Prize for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of operations research, management science, or analytics.

For more than 25 years the Tauber Institute has impacted operations worldwide. Elements of its program include the LeadershipAdvantage program, facility tours, and team projects where students work on substantive issues to earn or save sponsoring companies millions of dollars from the team project results.

Tauber Institute for Global Operations has 47 products available, viewing 1-47.

Microsoft Undergoes Digital Transformation in Vehicle Fleet Management Process
This case describes the Microsoft Corporation Puget Sound region vehicle fleet management process and explores strategies for improving overall effectiveness. The case employs a systems integration approach to standardizing operations…
Publication Date: 01/31/2022 Product ID: 9-974-796
Reissco: Contending with Supplier Price Increases
Reissco, a Tier 2 automotive supplier of chassis and safety technologies, is being squeezed by retail customers like Auto Zone who demand low prices and high service levels. In this…
Publication Date: 05/30/2019 Product ID: 1-029-951
Boeing's Strategic Initiative: Raw Material Supply Chain Risk Mitigation
This case details The Boeing Company’s raw material supply chain risks and explores appropriate strategies to mitigate them. Aluminum and titanium accounted for about 75% of the weight of a…
Publication Date: 04/05/2019 Product ID: 1-035-801
Fast-Tracking Friction Plate Validation Testing: BorgWarner Improves Efficiency with Machine Learning Methodology
This case describes the process BorgWarner Transmission Systems undertook when an increase in demand required that it create new production lines in another country. To minimize inventory costs, the company…
Publication Date: 09/05/2017 Product ID: 1-430-500
Sustainability at Detroit Edison: Using Natural Gas as a Transition Fuel
Electric utility companies have been at the forefront of the sustainable development challenge. This case describes Detroit Edison’s sustainability strategies in transforming its fossil generation assets. This case complements existing…
Publication Date: 12/12/2010 Product ID: 1-429-143
Middletown General Hospital: Emergency Department Observation Unit Analysis
This case uses the example of a Hospital’s Emergency Department to introduce Little’s formula of I = RT, a fundamental law in operations management. Through a series of questions, the…
Publication Date: 09/16/2013 Product ID: 1-429-133
Highland Hospital Operating Room Scheduling
This case uses the example of a hospital operating room to teach students how to make decisions based on a quantitative operational analysis. Students are asked to consider issues with…
Publication Date: 12/03/2010 Product ID: 1-429-132
Autoprime Corporation
The case describes the frustrating experiences of Alice Reinhart who is hired by Autoprime as a production foreman to help their Ohio manufacturing plant transition to Just-in-Time (JIT) production. More…
Publication Date: 12/03/2010 Product ID: 1-429-131
Lewis Stone Inc.
Lewis Stone is a small, Midwestern company that manufactures plastic parts. The company has been hit hard by the 2008 recession and must move its headquarters to a region with…
Publication Date: 06/14/2011 Product ID: 1-429-130
Russell Athletic Tries to Keep the Shirt on Its Back (B)
This case involves a recent labor rights controversy surrounding Russell Athletic, one of the University of Michigan’s primary providers of collegiate athletic clothing. Russell had been a trustworthy and responsible…
Publication Date: 01/12/2010 Product ID: 1-429-010

Tauber Institute for Global Operations has 47 products available, viewing 1-47.