Tauber Institute for Global Operations

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

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In order to develop a green transportation strategy for its global supply chain, Dow brought in a student team from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan.

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Randall Scheps of Arconic and Craig Weiss of ConAgra join representatives from 28 of the world\'s top corporations as members of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations Industry Advisory Board.

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Organized by the Tauber Institute, the Global Operations Conference brings together global leaders in industry and academia to share, debate and strategize to advance the worldwide practice of operations.

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Spotlight! 2017 is a competitive presentation of solutions developed by Tauber student teams on their 14-week operations-based Team Projects.

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Cross Disciplinary Education in Global Operations

In 2012, the Tauber 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. The Tauber Institute's programs include the LeadershipAdvantage program, facility tours and team projects where students work on substantive issues to earn or save sponsoring companies millions of dollars, based on the team's results and recommendations. Well-designed and managed team projects form the cornerstone of the Tauber Institute experience and allow students to apply their knowledge to real world settings.

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Petro Refinery LLC—PowerPoint Slide Deck
Petro Refinery LLC, a crude oil refinery, faces an issue common in many production and service industries: finding the optimal product mix or input mix. A central difficulty is that…
Publication Date: 08/07/2012 Product ID: 1-429-274
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
Boeing: The Fight for Fasteners
Boeing originally was scheduled to deliver the Dreamliner to airline customers in mid-2008. However, after five announced delays over two years, the company was forced to postpone the first test…
Publication Date: 11/17/2009 Product ID: 1-428-787
EMMICO: How to Establish Economic Order Quantity
EMMICO has just acquired Franz Kuerten and is trying to integrate its Vienna plant operations. The problem is the company is storing too much inventory at the plant and its…
Publication Date: 08/15/2016 Product ID: 1-430-490

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