Seminar: Global Operations Strategy 25.8.2010
Update 27.8.2010: Thank you all for making this event a great success. We will distribute all presentations to the more than 150 registered particpants per e-mail. We will not publish them on the internet due to confidentiality issues. If you want to get access to the presentations please send an e-mail to Torbjørn Netland at .


The NTNU Globalisation Programme, CRI Norman and the SMARTLOG Network invites you to attend a free seminar on current pressing issues related to international business. The latest research and insight on Global Operation Strategy will be presented by international and national academics as well as representatives from leading multinationals the 25th of August in Trondheim.

We are proud to announce that we have booked the world’s most acknowledged researchers in the field: Prof. Kasra Ferdows (Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA), Dr. Jagjit Srai (Head of Cambridge University IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing, UK), Prof. Jan Olhager (Linköping University, Sweden) and Prof. Ola Strandhagen (NTNU/ SINTEF). Never before has these world-class competencies on global operations strategy been brought together in Norway!

Leading Norwegian multinationals are invited to participate in an industrial panel. Kongsberg Automotive (COO Bård Klungseth), Jotun (Global Supply Chain Manager Wenche Heggem), Hydro (Head of Global Smelters Truls Gautesen), and Ulstein (Deputy CEO Tore Ulstein) represent the best of global manufacturing companies managed from Norway. Practical relevance of the presented research and industrial challenges will be discussed in plenary.

Ever-increasing global competition challenges the ability of Norwegian industry to adapt to markets, technology and new forms of organisation. To stay competitive Norwegian manufacturing industry must develop new strategies for their global manufacturing networks. State-of-the-art strategic design, planning and control are key issues for future success. Welcome to a free, inspiring and extraordinary informative seminar and networking event!


Industrial Panel

Academic panel 

Program 25.8.2010 08.30-17.00 at Room H3 in Hovedbygget (Main building) at NTNU Gløshaugen:

08.30 – 09.00 Coffee and registration

09.00 – 10.20 Welcome and Presentations


Prof. Ola Strandhagen

Adj. Professor of Operations Management, NTNU IPK

Research Director SINTEF Technology Management

Project Director CRI NORMAN



Challenges for Norwegian manufacturing industry competing globally

Prof. Jan Olhager

Professor of Operations Management at Linköping University, Sweden


Global Operations Strategy – a Swedish case


10.40-12.00 Presentations


Dr Jagjit Singh Srai

Head of the Cambridge University IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing.


A Supply Network Configuration Perspective on International Supply Chain Development

Torbjørn Netland

PhD-candidate NTNU IØT

Research Scientist SINTEF Technology Management


Company-specific Production System as global Lean programs –  The case of Volvo

12.00-13.00 Lunch


13.00-14.15 Presentations


Prof. Kasra Ferdows

Heisley Family Chair of Global Manufacturing, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown, Washington DC


Shaping the Global Manufacturing network



14.30-16.30 Panel debate


Industrial panel:


-   JOTUN | Wenche Heggem, VP Technical

-   HYDRO |Reidar Huglen, VP Global Smelters

-   ULSTEIN | Tore Ulstein, Deputy CEO


Academic panel: Srai, Olhager, Ferdows, Strandhagen

Representatives for leading Norwegian multinationals briefly present their global manufacturing networks and discuss pressing issues with the academic panel. Questions from audience are welcomed.

16.30-17.00 Wrap-up


18.00-21.00 Dinner for special invited guests

Publisert 14. juli 2010