Future of Manufacturing

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This program analyzes the current state of the manufacturing sector, identifies important trends, and presents a framework that companies can use to evaluate their supply chain in order to reduce risk and improve market competitiveness. This course will enable participants to better understand the impact of global supply chains and manufacturing repatriation, as well the impact of technology on manufacturing decisions, talent, and R&D.

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  • Domenic A: This course is very good. My only suggestions would be... 1. David needs to add some group work or break out sessions. 2. In the course description there need to be more emphasis on the Big Data discussions. This is a valuable experience for people looking for amazing examples in the the application of big data driven decisions

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  • Quyen T: Portions of the course that were purely lecture based with no interaction lacked value in engagement. Good content, needs to have better presentation of material. More interactive! No preparation, content not set. I over rated previously due to my understanding that this was the first time class was held. Upon further reflection, I just didn't see the value in the course. Charles Fine discussed manufacturing, David discuss supply chain. The class is in the future of manufacturing not supply chain. Supply chain was 3/4 of class content. Disappointed.

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  • Michael L: First day was very supply chain strategy centric. Material was very familiar and I question how many big businesses survive without these well adopted SCM approaches. Not a tremendous value. Big data was interesting and should have been more in depth. I would reccomend having more content here and less on the supply chain material presented in day 1. Day two much better. REI is very relevant, although for me I am not sure it was "new" information. The work around supply chain flexibility and the modeling around chain strategy & pepsi was excellent. Very revealing with quantifiable results. Adding some studies on management style in manufacturing and what works. The psychology of manufacturing labor and leaders. Enable people vs dumbing down jobs. I.E. does morale matter.

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  • Mario M: Overall points were very well delivered. Course participation was great and all points came to a full circle.

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  • Aritz A: I am very happy I took this course. I gained some knowledge about Big data and 3 dimensionality that were most useful to me. I would recommend to develop more on digitalization and globalism to round up the value of the course.

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  • Diego T: The class was heavy on Supply Chain Management and Operations and too light on the future of manufacturing. The last session by David was a good attempt to cover the future, and started promising, but ended up being about operations too. In general, I felt that the presentations were more about presenting the current work the professors are doing at MIT rather than presenting a more complete overview of the future of manufacturing and the trends that are emerging in the industry. I was expecting more discussions on visionary topics such as: democratization of manufacturing, crowd sourcing, social robots , advanced materials, new manufacturing processes, additive manufacturing.

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  • Cort R: I had a great experience during the two day program. All material was relevant with numerous takeaways. I highly recommend continuing to expand on this program and maybe even splitting it into two or three more programs. It was obvious all three Professors wanted to spend more time with the participants teaching and exchanging ideas and experiences. All three presenters were well prepared and enthusiastic about the subjects. All kept the subjects on track and did not allow them to wonder outside of manufacturing. Being given access to the slides are extremely helpful if not necessary for the complete learning and retention experience. Manufacturing needs this type of support to help refresh and move us forward. Thank You.

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  • Ali A: Excellent program. Simple to use models that can be applied in many industries. Very humble professors that listened to everyone’s comments and went out of their ways to extract information from the participants. Please post the class presentations (Nov 03 2013).

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  • Clemente M: This is a new class, and it seems to show that way. I am sure that both content and applicability will improve overtime.

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  • Luciano B: Material should be given prior to the class in order to better follow the content and the logic. Last part of the course, the professor was not so prepared to share with the class his knowledge, he was a bit lost! The entire course is great the missing point was the last part of it.

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