Remanufacturing and Closed-loop Supply Chains2018-10-29T09:46:27+00:00

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Remanufacturing and Closed-loop Supply Chains

University of Graz




Remanufacturing and Closed-loop Supply Chains

University of Graz

Summary

1) Seminar type course on Sustainable Operations/Closed-loop Supply Chains
2) Students will have solid knowledge about strategic, tactical and operational aspects of the reverse supply chain
3) Challenges are meant to engage students in applying their theoretical background to real-world decision making and problem solving contexts
4) Students will come up with solutions including analysis based on existing theoretical contributions

Description

The University of Graz (German: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz), located in Graz, Austria, is the largest and oldest university in Styria, as well as the second-largest and second-oldest university in Austria.

The university was founded in 1585 by Archduke Charles II of Austria. The bull of 1 January 1586, edited on 15 April 1586, was approved by Pope Sixtus V. For most of its existence it was controlled by the Catholic Church, and was closed in 1782 by Emperor Joseph II in an attempt to gain state control over educational institutions. Joseph II transformed it into a lyceum, where civil servants and medical personnel were trained. In 1827 it was re-instituted as a university by Emperor Francis I, thus gaining the name Karl-Franzens-Universität, meaning Charles Francis University. Over 30,000 students are currently enrolled at the university.

The university is divided into six faculties, the two largest are the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The other faculties are the Faculty of Law; the Faculty of Business, Economic and Social sciences; the Faculty of Environmental, Regional and Educational Sciences; and the Faculty of Catholic Theology. The Faculty of Medicine was separated from the university by state legislation in 2004 and became an independent university – the Medical University of Graz. The faculties offer a wide range of undergraduate (BA, BSc), graduate (MA, MSc), and doctoral degree (PhD) programmes, as well as special teaching degrees in their specific areas of expertise.

Objectives

The students should be able to find and critically review existing scientific publications on a certain topic. Based on that and given a practical problem, they should be able to structure the problem (and build a model) to make it accessible for scientific analysis. They should provide some answers analysing the problem using the tools and methods they have learned in previous courses. Finally, they should critically reflect on their answers in terms of their practical relevance and theoretical rigour.

Solutions

Two examples:
1) A group of students critically evaluated the existing literature on empirical studies dealing with Sustainable Operations/Closed-loop Supply Chains. They selected relevant papers, stuctured the existing body of work, drew connections between these works as well as demarcated differences, and finally provided a couple of directions for necessary research based on white spots detected in the current literature.
2) 4 groups of students were given the results of a questionnaire concerning the interest, acceptance and willingness-to-pay of consumers for car-sharing and e-mobility in an urban context. Their task was to come up with questions, associated models and solutions for evaluating the economical feasibility of operating a car-sharing business under the results from the questionnaire. They focused on different questions including the sizing of the fleet to balance vehicle availability versus cost, or the operation of the reservation system for the cars.

Methods

Literature research, Problem structuring and (mathematical) model building, Problem solving and (numerical) solution analysis
Tools used: MS Excel, other linear programming tools, partly computer programming

Skills

InitiativeCommunicationCritical thinking / problem-solving

Insights

 

DEGREE
Master
WORK EXPERIENCES
0 years
STUDENT AGE
18-24 years old
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
AUSTRIA

Details

Challenge submission deadline:
02 September 2018

Solving the challenges start/end:
01 October 2018 – 21 December 2018

Course duration:
81 days

No. of challenges called:
1 challenge

No. of students:
4 students

Team size:
4 students / team

Solution output language:
English,German

Summary

1) Seminar type course on Sustainable Operations/Closed-loop Supply Chains
2) Students will have solid knowledge about strategic, tactical and operational aspects of the reverse supply chain
3) Challenges are meant to engage students in applying their theoretical background to real-world decision making and problem solving contexts
4) Students will come up with solutions including analysis based on existing theoretical contributions

Description

The University of Graz (German: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz), located in Graz, Austria, is the largest and oldest university in Styria, as well as the second-largest and second-oldest university in Austria.

The university was founded in 1585 by Archduke Charles II of Austria. The bull of 1 January 1586, edited on 15 April 1586, was approved by Pope Sixtus V. For most of its existence it was controlled by the Catholic Church, and was closed in 1782 by Emperor Joseph II in an attempt to gain state control over educational institutions. Joseph II transformed it into a lyceum, where civil servants and medical personnel were trained. In 1827 it was re-instituted as a university by Emperor Francis I, thus gaining the name Karl-Franzens-Universität, meaning Charles Francis University. Over 30,000 students are currently enrolled at the university.

The university is divided into six faculties, the two largest are the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The other faculties are the Faculty of Law; the Faculty of Business, Economic and Social sciences; the Faculty of Environmental, Regional and Educational Sciences; and the Faculty of Catholic Theology. The Faculty of Medicine was separated from the university by state legislation in 2004 and became an independent university – the Medical University of Graz. The faculties offer a wide range of undergraduate (BA, BSc), graduate (MA, MSc), and doctoral degree (PhD) programmes, as well as special teaching degrees in their specific areas of expertise.

Objectives

The students should be able to find and critically review existing scientific publications on a certain topic. Based on that and given a practical problem, they should be able to structure the problem (and build a model) to make it accessible for scientific analysis. They should provide some answers analysing the problem using the tools and methods they have learned in previous courses. Finally, they should critically reflect on their answers in terms of their practical relevance and theoretical rigour.

Solutions

Two examples:
1) A group of students critically evaluated the existing literature on empirical studies dealing with Sustainable Operations/Closed-loop Supply Chains. They selected relevant papers, stuctured the existing body of work, drew connections between these works as well as demarcated differences, and finally provided a couple of directions for necessary research based on white spots detected in the current literature.
2) 4 groups of students were given the results of a questionnaire concerning the interest, acceptance and willingness-to-pay of consumers for car-sharing and e-mobility in an urban context. Their task was to come up with questions, associated models and solutions for evaluating the economical feasibility of operating a car-sharing business under the results from the questionnaire. They focused on different questions including the sizing of the fleet to balance vehicle availability versus cost, or the operation of the reservation system for the cars.

Methods

Literature research, Problem structuring and (mathematical) model building, Problem solving and (numerical) solution analysis
Tools used: MS Excel, other linear programming tools, partly computer programming

Skills

InitiativeCommunicationCritical thinking / problem-solving

Insights

 

Details

Challenge submission deadline:
02 September 2018

Solving the challenges start/end:
01 October 2018 – 21 December 2018

Course duration:
81

No. of challenges called:
1 challenge challenge

No. of students:
4

Team size:
4 students / team

Solution output language:
English,German

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The University of Graz (German: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz), located in Graz, Austria, is the largest and oldest university in Styria, as well as the second-largest and second-oldest university in Austria.

The university was founded in 1585 by Archduke Charles II of Austria. The bull of 1 January 1586, edited on 15 April 1586, was approved by Pope Sixtus V. For most of its existence it was controlled by the Catholic Church, and was closed in 1782 by Emperor Joseph II in an attempt to gain state control over educational institutions. Joseph II transformed it into a lyceum, where civil servants and medical personnel were trained. In 1827 …

30.001-50.000
students

AUSTRIA
Graz

This student learning experience is…

About University of Graz

The University of Graz (German: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz), located in Graz, Austria, is the largest and oldest university in Styria, as well as the second-largest and second-oldest university in Austria.

The university was founded in 1585 by Archduke Charles II of Austria. The bull of 1 January 1586, edited on 15 April 1586, was approved by Pope Sixtus V. For most of its existence it was controlled by the Catholic Church, and was closed in 1782 by Emperor Joseph II in an attempt to gain state control over educational institutions. Joseph II transformed it into a lyceum, where civil servants and medical personnel were trained. In 1827 …

30.001-50.000
students

AUSTRIA
Graz

Challenge Submission

Although your prime goal may be to source “innovative” solutions in form of reports, analysis, prototypes and MVPs, undoubtedly you will get in contact with a very diverse group of student and faculty talents from all over the world.

Instantly, you will become and serve as a partner in promoting solutions by offering invaluable rapid feedback to students that collaborate with you as problem solvers based on your real-world experience and deep expertise.

To be more specific, as a digital challenge sponsor you bring context, real insights and data of a particular area to the table. You clarify, frame, and pitch your challenges prior to exploring solutions with your student teams.

Your collaboration efforts, will help student teams become thought after problem solvers with applied skill sets that will lead to better solutions overall.

As a challenge sponsor you gain access to the platform and respective call for challenges by subscribing to TELANTO´s Academic Business Network.

Suggestions

Interested challenge sponsors should be:

  • Subject matter experts in the field they are applying for, assuring a smooth collaboration with the responsible faculty and student teams.
  • Committed to a collaboration over a period of 12 weeks.
  • Available to spend approx. 10h in total to collaborate with the student teams.

Next Steps

Challenge applicants will be presented to the responsible faculty member for challenge review and pre-selection. If your proposal fits the course syllabus you will be invited to discuss your challenge during a 30 minutes scoping conversation with the professor.

Collaboration Process

Ready to start?

Challenge submission deadline:
02 September 2018

Solving the challenges start/end:
01 October 2018 – 21 December 2018

Solution output:
Report

Frequently Asked Questions

What about confidentiality?

Your information around challenges, collaboration and outputs is kept strictly confidential. While we use your company information and most likely logo and/or trademarks to present you to the academic partners, no third-party, which is not directly involved in the collaboration will never be granted access to sensitive information. As part of the Terms of use, all students agree to the confidentiality clause, when they log in to the network for the first time. Some of our clients choose to address confidentiality in a separate document.

I need to have certainty about any Intellectual and Industrial Rights originating from a collaboration!

The standard Terms & Conditions as well as the Terms of Use foresee, that students cede their IP-rights in favour of the company, when the company contributes to the resolution of the challenges, in terms of providing non-publicly available information, research, analysis, etc. and contribute otherwise with internal resources. A full reading of the Terms & Conditions is made available here: https://telanto.com/telanto-terms-conditions/.

How does the engagement model and collaboration work?

Our role-based platform structures and standardises the process in a simple and intuitive manner with a number of key interaction points, such as the kick-off, mid-term touch points and final presentation. The figure below illustrates the process with the three key roles, being the Challenge Sponsor (CS), Professor and the Student.

Is there any academic supervision of the students working on my challenges?

All collaborations promoted on the Academic Business Network are part of curricular or academically supervised extracurricular activities. For the greater part of the collaborations the challenges are worked on as part of the academic program of a specific course in a bachelor, master or MBA degree, so students performance is in direct correlation to the achievement of course credits and grades.

What is the typical collaboration period with teams of students?

Average collaboration periods take 75 days from kick-off to final presentation. New intense formats with shorter periods are currently experimented with to understand the quality and validity of potential solution outputs.

How much of my time is required to make a collaboration successful?

Half an hour every five to ten days are the standard reports we get from our customers in the higher satisfaction percentiles. Most of the time is required in the preparation, alignment and initial collaboration phase of the challenges.

Do I need to be at the university at some point in time during the engagement?

Half an hour every five to ten days are the standard reports we get from our customers in the higher satisfaction percentiles. Most of the time is required in the preparation, alignment and initial collaboration phase of the challenges.

What is the unique value proposition of TELANTO compared to its competitors?

TELANTO is the sole service provider of a truly global network of universities and companies for university-industry collaboration. With its proprietary technology TELANTO provides novel processes for academia to manage industry relations and collaborations with ease and equally does so for companies with a need for more innovation and problem solving power in search for new ways to detect smart talents.

My company has already University Alliances, do I need TELANTO?

Traditional university alliances are focussed on research and/or short term hiring activities. While those have their certain rationale, TELANTO creates an unprecedented transparency for collaboration possibilities in a broad range of areas, degrees and geographies at any given time. Professionals, managers and leaders within organisations get the possibility to tap into teams of students around the world to start tackle their challenges within much shorter timeframes and practically without bureaucratic effort, than with traditional models.

What type of outcomes can I expect from students?

Most frequent outcomes of collaborations are:

  • Concepts, Analysis and qualitative research
  • Experimental results and scenario projections
  • Prototypes, clickable mockups, MVPs

All in the context of a given challenge, field of study and respective degree as well as experience of the students.

As part of every Call for Challenges from professors, you will be able to consult past and/or expected outcomes for the challenge sponsor to understand the fit of the collaboration opportunity to your challenges at hand.

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