The first aim of the Thematic Network is to bring
together academics in European higher education institutes to identify
the European map of Operations Management (OM), Supply Chain Management
(SCM) and Service Operations Management (SOM) university education,
The network aims to highlight deficiencies
in teaching, try to find their root causes and offer solutions. This
of “core” common course contents in order to facilitate
the harmonisation. This should contribute to enhancing and developing
a European dimension in the field.
The network aims to assess innovation in OM/SCM/SOM
teaching methods and materials and disseminate the wider application
of good practice
across. Additionally the network aims to establish links between
academic and non-academic partners.
A medium-term additional aim of the network is to establish
links between education and research and practice (i.e. companies)
in the field.
Specifically the objectives of the Network are to:
1. Obtain and update a census of OM, SCM and SOM teachers
in participating countries to determine the “capacity” for
the “production” of
graduates with knowledge in OM/SCM/SOM. This will capture which
institutions are teaching OM/SCM/SOM courses, which academics are
teaching graduates, what level and type of training do these academics
have and what is their experience and background. Given the depth
and scope that this study required (for the reasons outlined in
the preceding section), the identification of these teachers is
a major objective requiring considerable effort, since no official
2. Obtain a European map of OM/SCM/SOM education and research,
with online questionnaires (knowledge given to students, how the teaching
is planned and developed and how the learning is monitored).
3. Help to improve knowledge on European OM/SCM/SOM education
state of the art (e.g. faculty profile, courses content,
teaching and assessment methods, tuning, etc) and increase
links with the research.
4. Contribute to the harmonisation of OM/SCM/SOM
within the European Higher Education Area (tuning methodology).
5. Improve links between education, research and practice.
6. Create and populate an electronic knowledge repository,
which when completed, will include data on European map institutions
and individuals involved in the field of OM/SCM/SOM, a listing and
description of the topics covered in OM/SCM/SOM courses, a description
of the teaching and methodologies techniques used as well as related
7. Enlarge the network. New members will be searched
among representatives from other universities, companies, research
centres, governmental and entrepreneurial institutions to increase
the European dimension and make the network more relevant to the needs
of companies. The creation of national networks would be encouraged
to ensure effective management of the network as it grows.
8. Disseminate network results through conferences and articles
in Journals and also through continuing to populate the website
with information on the network and its activities and to link with
colleagues/institutions in America and Asia.
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