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Operational Management in Industry

About the course

Is it your ambition to manage a production department? Then this minor is what you need, because it deals with management of production or logistics operations.





After completing this minor, you will have advanced knowledge of production planning, organizations, logistics, human resource management and decision-making.

You will also be able to use multiple leadership styles, both in one-on-one conversations with subordinates and a number of subordinates beyond your span-of-control.

And all this against the backdrop of the Paris Agreement on climate change through circular economy.

Together with a project team, you will work on a problem at a real-life company for two days a week. Also, you may qualify for a certificate from the world-famous Franklin Covey Institute.


Practice what you learn

Small groups of students actively engage in a real life problem. You will work for two days every week at a company, this company provides a highly complex situation. Based on previous knowledge and the courses provided you will be able to come up with improvements. This all happens in a structured way and most of the time you will be able to implement your solution in the company.

Aanvullende informatie


Practical information

For more information on application deadlines, semester duration, accommodation and on how to apply, please visit our international website:

Further information

Mr. Frank Evers, coordinator Operational management in industry,

Mr. Paul Touw, international coordinator,



Entry Requirements

General requirements: two years of engineering studies and good English-language skills.


Course modules Operational Management in Industry


Project – 12 ECTS credits

You will work for two days a week at a company and this company will provide a highly complex problem and situation. You will be part of a small group of students actively engaging in tackling this problem. Based on knowledge from your courses you will be able to come up with a solution in a structured way; You will also be able to implement your solution in the company most of the time.

Theme – 2 ECTS credits

The objective of the theme is twofold: first to integrate the knowledge acquired in the courses by organizing guest lectures and excursions to companies. Second to learn from different cultures through group collaboration. Social activities are organized to facilitate students from diverse backgrounds to integrate in the groups.


Advanced Planning & Scheduling in manufacturing & services – 4 ECTS credits

Planning and scheduling are forms of decision-making that play an important role in most manufacturing and service industries. The planning and scheduling functions in a company typically use analytical techniques and heuristic methods to allocate its limited resources to the activities that have to be done.


Simulation – 4 ECTS credits

Planning and control of heuristics for productions systems can be used in complex production facilities. To be able to use them there, we take advantage of the Siemens Plant Simulation software. This world-renowned software for simulation in production facilities helps you to use heuristics in the real world.


Operations Strategy – 4 ECTS credits

Operations can work based on customer needs or because the company possesses specific competences. How can you produce products or services according to customer needs? Does your customer demand a flexible product? What processes, technology and supply chain solutions are at your disposal to achieve optimal customer satisfaction?


Circular Economy – 4 ECTS credits

Traditionally, we view the supply chain of a tangible product chiefly through a network of different companies, starting with the supplier of raw materials and ending at the end consumer. When the product’s life cycle is over, it is waste. Against the backdrop of the Paris Agreement on climate change this is no longer sufficiently sustainable. Circular economy is a new way of thinking, never considering a product’s life cycle to be over. It regards supply chains as closed loops.


Course modules Windesheim General Programme

Compulsory for all international students:

• Introduction to Windesheim (2 ECTS credits)


Elective modules for all international students:

• Dutch Language 1: Introduction (3 ECTS credits)

• Dutch Language 2: Intermediate (3 ECTS credits)

• Dutch Society 1 (3 ECTS credits)

• Dutch Society 2 (3 ECTS credits)

• Intercultural Awareness (3 ECTS credits)

• Drama and Improvisation (3 ECTS credits


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