In the seminar "Case Studies in Production and Operations Management", student teams work on complex challenges of industrial businesses. The objective is to develop and implement innovative solutions using state-of-the-art techniques from process management and optimization. In doing so, students get a possibility to deepen their theoretical knowledge and to train their skills in solving real-life problems. Periodic milestone meetings with challenge sponsors and the team of the chair provide support for the student teams and make sure that the developed solutions fit the requirements of the scoped challenge.
TELANTO did a fabulous job in proving challenges from a wide area of industries and geographies to choose from. It was very easy and intuitive to select the right challenges and sponsors for our call for challenges, which were instantly available for scoping conversations and negotiations.
The results clearly show that it was the right decision to engage into the project. TELANTO’s approach to challenge-based learning model provides an excellent and unique opportunity for the students to improve their theoretical knowledge and practical skills. It brings together elements of action learning, online collaboration and scientific working – across institutional boarders, nations and disciplines. All involved challenge sponsored exceeded our expectations. All company representatives collaborated professionally, openly, and timely. I am also impressed how well our students adapted to the innovative learning model. Solutions were delivered with excellent gradings and the final presentations and reports exceeded our expectations.
Although we initially had to invest a bit more resources to understand TELANTO’s innovative cloud technology it was worthwhile the investment. TELANTO’s Governance Model from onboarding challenge sponsors, through student collaborations, to milestone management is intuitive and helpful along the overall course period. The main obstacle we had was to overcome and to establish a reliable communication vehicle to facilitate (group) video conferencing with challenge sponsors and student teams.
The Technical University of Berlin (official name German: Technische Universität Berlin, known as TU Berlin) is a research university located in Berlin, Germany. It was founded in 1879 and became one of the most prestigious education institutions in Europe. It has one of the highest proportions of international students in Germany, almost 20% were enrolled in 2016.The TU Berlin is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology and of the Top Industrial Managers for Europe network, which allows for student exchanges between leading engineering schools. It belongs to the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research.The TU Berlin is home of two innovation centers designated by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.The university is known for its highly ranked engineering programmes, especially in mechanical engineering and engineering management. The university alumni and professor list include US National Academies members, two National Medal of Science laureates and ten Nobel Prize winners.The university is notable for having been the first to offer the now very popular course Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (which the institute itself translates as Industrial Engineering and Management). The university had conceptualised the course as a response to demands by industrialists to offer a course that provides their offspring with the technical and management expertise to run a company. First offered in winter term 1926/27 it is the oldest and one of the most prestigious programmes of its kind.
I am satisfied with the outcome of our TELANTO experiment and look very much forward to new challenges in future courses/seminars.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Volling
Professor of Production and Logistics Management