2018 GOC: "Operations in a Digital Age"

November 20, 2018
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Ann Arbor, MI - The 12th Annual Global Operations Conference (GOC), organized by the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan, brought together leaders in industry and academia to discuss “Operations in a Digital Age.”  Held November 8-9 at the Michigan Ross School of Business, this year’s GOC featured views from experts in leading industries on the topics of Digitizing Operations, IOT, Sustainability, and Big Data.

Toby Brzoznowski, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer -  Llamasoft, opened the conference with a keynote address. Mary Ellen Smith, Corporate VP, Worldwide Operations - Microsoft, shared in her keynote a vision on "Digital Transformation Journey". Russell Hensley, Partner, Detroit - McKinsey, concluded the GOC with his keynote on "Where is Operations Headed Over the Next 25 Years?"

University of Michigan faculty from the Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering moderated panel discussions on Digitizing Operations: From Manufacturing to Services, Unlocking the Power of IOT, Sustainability In the Digital Age, and Decision Making in a Big Data World. The robust discussions offered insights from innovators on the front lines of Operations at leading companies, including AlixPartners, Amazon, Boston Consulting, Boeing, Dell Technologies, Dow, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, LLamasoft, Microsoft, Nike, Pfizer, Steelcase, Tommy Hilfiger, and Zillow Group.

In conjunction with the Global Operations Conference, PwC and Strategy& sponsored the annual Global Operations Case Competition to challenge and reward students with an interest in forward-thinking operations solutions.  Students on the six finalist teams were invited to present their case solutions at the conference. Congratulations to the hometown team, "Team Aster," who received first place. Team members from the Ross School of Business include. Second place went to "Team Tauber" from the University of Michigan. Team members include

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2018 Companies in Attendance
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About the Tauber Institute for Global Operations

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, working together with industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. In addition to a broad array of core and elective courses, Tauber Institute’s innovative LeadershipAdvantageSM Program provides students with the tools to ascend to major operations leadership roles. Well-designed and managed team projects form the cornerstone of the Tauber Institute experience and allow students to apply their knowledge to real world settings while addressing substantive operations challenges at top global firms.

Learn more at tauber.umich.edu.