How to make the right operations decisions, having access to big data, enabled by the latest technology?
Current challenges of operations management relate to people striving to make the right decisions in complex environments while having easy access to large data repositories and being supported by the latest technologies. This program will provide knowledge on how to master these decisions from a managerial perspective, having at the same time an understanding of the technology-related implications, opportunities, and limitations. You will be introduced to data science, developing competencies highly valued by today's and tomorrow's employers like data analysis, visualization, diagnostics, interpretation, and data-driven decision making.
Operations are a core aspect of any business. This program offers insights from real operational processes and socio-technical systems in areas like logistics, manufacturing, services, energy, healthcare, and governance. You will learn to identify opportunities, analyze, and diagnose operations-related problems, but also to design, develop, and evaluate solutions.
Through the selection of elective courses, you can focus on the technology impact on operations in specific contexts, for example in energy, healthcare, or digitization and big data use. The program further offers the opportunity to focus on either the Energy Focus area or the Digital Business Focus area. You can also take the program as a double degree master's with Newcastle University (17 months).
Why study this program in Groningen?
This Master's program is unique in the Netherlands and in Europe. There is a strong emphasis on data analysis techniques and how to use data to inform managerial decision-making and improvement.
Students have the opportunity to choose from various core courses from related master programs such as Supply Chain Management, Business Administration (particularly the profiles Health, Change Management, and Strategic Innovation Management), Economic Development and Globalization, and focus areas like Energy and Digital Business.
This is an internationally accredited program, ensuring a high-quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.
Linking education to research and career preparation.
Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree program attention is paid to academic research and pre-professional development. This dual approach - research orientation and professional skills - is not contradictory; any career that a student may aspire requires an analytical mind and a scientifically critical attitude, along with the problem-solving capabilities necessary in business.
In collaboration with external partners, we conduct research projects on, for instance, smart industries, port-related operations, maintenance, planning/scheduling/simulation, inventory and e-logistics, and lean operations, in a variety of sectors (manufacturing, energy, healthcare, logistics, service industries, among others).