Angewandte Forschungsmethodik in einem Praxisprojekt


Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften


Version 4.0 vom 28.08.2015



Modulname (englisch)

Practical Project in Applied Research Methods

Studiengänge mit diesem Modul

International Supply Chain Management (MSCM)




In this module students will apply the knowledge mainly related to Operational Excellence from module 8 to their own project. In order to promote a scientific approach and systematic thinking students will adopt DMAIC from six sigma as a general framework to structure their projects: define, measure, analyze, improve and control. Of course, students can use other methods and models within Operational Excellence as well, e.g.: lean, TPM, WCM, ECR and QRM. Special attention will be drawn to the scientific approach: establish a concrete problem statement, objective, operationalization, information gathering, measure, data analyses and testing.Each individual student will be assigned to a tutor. After the define-phase students should get a formal approval, before they can carry out their project.

Lernergebnisse / Kompetenzziele

Students who have studied this module successfully know
- the common strategies within operational excellence
- why Lean Six Sigma is important for your career and supply chain management in general.
- why people are the key driver to improve operational performances
- how a scientific approach can be adopted to optimize operational processes
Students who have studied this module successfully know:
- the 5 Phases of J. Womack: value, value stream, flow, pull and perfection
- the 5 Phases of Six Sigma: define, measure, analyze, improve, control
- the common tools within Lean Six Sigma including their advantages and disadvantages
o Lean tools: 5S, visual management, value stream mapping, standardized work, Poka Yoke, Jidoka, Heijunka, OEE, TPM, standardized works, Kanban, SMED and EPE.
o Six Sigma tools: 4 Voices, SIPOC, critical-to-quality, Pareto, Process Capabilities, FMEA, cause-and-effect diagram, process mapping, hypothesis testing, ANOVA, correlation, regression, control charts
- how to carry out data analyses using research and statistical techniques
Können - instrumentale Kompetenz
Students who have been studied this module successfully are able:
- to define a problem statement and project
- to create a value stream map, SIPOC or other process mapping technique
- to define critical metrics (transfer variables into concrete measurable factors)
- to gather and measure data
- to create a cause-and-effect relation diagram
- to carry out statistical analyses
- to carry out hypotheses testing
- to describe several improvements options
- to create an A3-chart of their project
Können - kommunikative Kompetenz
Students who have been studied this module successfully are able:
- to discuss about several organizational issues related to the implementation of lean six sigma
- to present the project definition and results in a compact and comprehensive way.
- to get commitment for a project in their own organization

Können - systemische Kompetenz
Students who have been studied this module successfully are able:
- to set priorities
- to distinguish between essentials and secondary matters

  • study of literature
  • tutoring
  • presentations and discussions of the project definition
  • final assessment (essay, presentation)
Empfohlene Vorkenntnisse



Buning, Gerhard


Buning, Gerhard



Workload Dozentengebunden
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28Study of literature

The Gold Mine; Freddy and Michael Ballé; Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.; ISBN: 0-9743225-6-3Six Sigma Lean Toolbox; Alexander John, Renata Meran, Olin Roenpage, Christian Staudter; Spinger- Verlag Berlin Heidelberg; ISBN 978-3-540-32349-5


Hausarbeit und Referat

Bemerkung zur Prüfungsform

assignment and presentation


1 Semester


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