OPM 761: Research Seminar Production Management

The goal of this seminar is to introduce the participants to conduct scientific research. Thereby, it prepares the students for writing their Master’s theses. Participants will independently (i) apply a Business analytics approach to a specific operations problem, (ii) carry out a literature study on a given topic, or (iii) discuss and critically assess a scientific paper in detail. The students present their findings in a written report and in an oral presentation.

Learning outcomes
Students will learn how to analyze the academic literature on a given topic in production management and/or learn how to apply a Business Analytics approach. They will become acquainted with the setup and composition of scientific research. Additionally, they will learn how to present the results of their analyses.

Necessary prerequisites
At least one module OPM 6XX (or an equivalent module within an exchange program)

Recommended prerequisites
The topics are based on the modules OPM 661 or OPM 662; additional preparation is required if students did not attend those modules; sound knowledge in production management; sound quantitative skills; interest in scientific research

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture2 SWS15 SWS
ECTS credits6
Graded yes
Form of assessmentWritten report (60%), presentation (30%), active contribution to class discussion (10%)
Restricted admissionyes
Further informationRegistration at the end of the preceding term; website of the chair
Performing lecturer
Prof. Dr. Raik Stolletz
Prof. Dr. Raik Stolletz
Frequency of offeringSpring semester & fall semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationM.Sc. MMM, M.Sc. Bus. Edu.
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1, CG 4
LiteratureWill be announced for each topic
Course outlineTopics vary from semester to semester and will be announced at the end of the preceding semester at the homepage.