Manufacturing and Digitalization Strategies (IE 414)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Industrial Engineering(IE)
Gündüz Ahmet Ulusoy,
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IE304 MS304
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Seminar,On-line task/distance
Interactive,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Case Study
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Manufacturing and digitalization strategies methods and means for the formulation of manufacturing and digitalization strategies for securing long term competitiveness of the company; the alignment of manufacturing and digitalization strategies with the business and technology strategies of the company; use of balanced scorecard in strategy building; case studies.


The central objective of this course is to develop skills at analyzing and synthesizing solutions to manufacturing strategy-related issues from the general manager's perspective. Since the range of potential manufacturing issues is quite extensive, we will concentrate primarily on Industry 4.0 / Digitalization and digital transformation with particular relevance to future executives and attempt to encapsulate the most contemporary areas of the discipline.


  • At the end of the course the student will have a detailed working knowledge on the issues of digital transformation in industry and services.
  • At the end of the course the student will be armed with a set of topics and concepts of manufacturing strategy.
  • At the end of the course the student will have a detailed working knowledge on designing a manufacturing strategy at the factory level.
  • The students will gain hands-on experience designing manufacturing strategy for a manufacturing firm or work at Makerspace through a group project.
  • At the end of the course the student will have a detailed working knowledge on the issues of Industry 4.0 / Digitalization.
  • At the end of the course the student will have a detailed working knowledge on Balanced Scorecard, Design Thinking, and Servitization.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 4

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 5

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 5

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 2

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 4

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 4

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 4

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 5

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 5

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 4

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 4

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 1

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 1

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 1

1. Formulate and analyze problems in complex manufacturing and service systems by comprehending and applying the basic tools of industrial engineering such as modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics. 5

2. Design and develop appropriate analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy. 5

3. Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools. 5


  Percentage (%)
Assignment 30
Case Study 30
Participation 10
Group Project 30



Class notes.


Articles, reports, presentations, and websites.

Cases Three Harvard Business School cases.
Optional Readings

Papers, reports, presentations, website links will be added to SUCourse for optional reading.