TPK4180 - Manufacturing Strategy


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

In this course, manufacturing and logistics is viewed from a strategic perspective.

The following topics will be covered:

Globalisation and the implications for manufacturing. Strategic concepts, decisions areas, and development processes. Localisation of factories and processes. Engineering and establishment of manufacturing enterprises. Sourcing and automation strategies. Performance measurement, productivity improvement, and control in global value chains. Strategic network development, technology transfer, and use of best practices. The course includes several industrial cases, which will enhance the students analytical and communicative skills within these topics.

Learning outcome


The course provides knowledge about manufacturing strategy, and how such strategies can be developed for global enterprises.


The course will provide skills to establish, structure, and manage global manufacturing enterprises in such a way that the overall competitiveness is improved.

General competence (attitudes):

Understand the challenges facing manufacturing enterprises as they compete on the global playing field, and cooperate and contribute to multidisciplinary interaction.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and project work. A mandatory semester paper must be carried out individually for the evaluation. Lectures and exercises will be in English when students who do not speak Norwegian are attending the course. If the teaching is given in English, the semester assignment will also be in English. Students are free to answer in Norwegian or English for all written assessments. 2/3 of the exercises is required approved before the semester paper can be submitted for grading.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Mandatory work from previous semester can be accepted by the Department by re-take of an examination if there haven't been any significant changes later.

Course materials

Beckman, Sara L., Rosenfield, Donald B. (2008) Operations Strategy: Competing in the 21st Century. McGraw Hill.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Production Management
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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