Category Archives: Operational management

What is the challenge facing businesses today? Deciding on processes that will be most effective and innovative in order to differentiate themselves from the competition. This can mean going against the tide of certain current practices or trends, for example in terms of locating production or approaches to marketing.

A meeting of minds: how clever conversations underpin great project management

Meetings may often seem like a waste of time, yet new research suggests that they are essential part of effective project management. The problem is not the meetings, but what people say in them. Get that right; facilitate common understanding between team members, and project success follows.

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Holding the baby: parental leave, career prospects, and well-being

Parental leave policies are designed to achieve a number of objectives. They can promote wellbeing, encourage women’s return to work, avoid adverse career impact, and benefit the overall economy. But to achieve optimal results which mix of job protection and cash benefits works best?

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The real value of producing close to demand: CDF calculator presentation

OpLab, Laboratory in the Operations Department at HEC Lausanne, has developed a tool to calculate the real value of producing close to demand. And if it were cheaper to “reshore”?

Watch this video by Suzanne de Treville, Professor of Operations Management and OpLab’s Director.

 Video: 10 min

The CDF tool is freely available as a public service: cdf-oplab.unil.ch