Paolo Barbieri, Assistant Professor of Engineering and Management | BBS

Paolo
Barbieri


Barbieri
Italy Assistant Professor of Engineering and Management University of Bologna Core Faculty
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BIO

Paolo Barbieri is Assistant Professor of Engineering and Management at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bologna since 2006.
His research mainly focuses on the subjects of value system management, with particular attention to make-or-buy choices, mechanisms in the managing of supplier relations and management of international acquisitions. He collaborates with international and national research groups on these subjects, including Michigan State University, Clarkson Business School, EM Lyon and Southern Denmark University. In the past he has worked as a consultant in the acquisitions and supply chain sector.
He is graduated in Managerial Engineering in Bologna, and received his Doctorate in Managerial Engineering in Padua. His work has been published in the Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Journal of Public Procurement and others. He is co-author of the book “Supply China Management” (Il Mulino).

COURSES

Nowadays companies are constantly forced to align new technological opportunities and the way they create value. Digital platforms are reinterpreting the role of trust and its relevance to make an intermediary worth. Manufacturing companies are more and more extending their activities beyond the delivery and set up of their machines, adding key aftersales components. Automakers are pushed by new technologies to find significant revenues opportunities in software and not just hardware. System integration companies reap higher margins than robots producer by customizing tools and processes. In this course, we will analyze these trends and their impact on people, culture, and processes.

Automation and Robotics

CORE COURSE – This module focuses on the management of suppliers and on the purchasing process.

The supply strategy will be analysed in terms of market analysis, development of a portfolio of suppliers and of management of the specific product category of purchase (number and typology of suppliers; methods to manage the relationship: collaborative vs. competitive; opportunities and risks when turning to global sourcing). The purchasing method is analysed in its fundamental stages, in particular focusing on methods and techniques for their streamlining. The module also features a wide overview on modern management tools of procurement (i.e. vendor rating advanced systems, risk management tools for purchases) and a specific in-depth analysis of international purchases, developed also through the analysis of real cases.

  • Portfolio for the strategic management of suppliers: Kraljic matrix and recent approaches
  • The stages of the purchasing process: detailed analysis and streamlining measures
  • The partnership relationship with the supplier: methods, advantages and weaknesses
  • Creating (and using) an advanced vendor rating system
  • Risk-management for purchases
  • International purchases in a changing world: global sourcing, re-shoring or “right-shoring”?
  • Industry 4.0: impacts on the supply relationship.
Supply Chain and Operations

Il corso ha come obiettivo di combinare la visione sistemica e di processo delle operations nei settori industriali legati al biomed e di discutere dell’impatto del paradigma dell’industria 4.0 e della digitalizzazione sulla competitività di tali settori. La progettazione e il funzionamento dei sistemi sono modellizzati e analizzati utilizzando tecniche quantitative e qualitative implementate utilizzando la tecnologia più avanzate.

Business Management – Life Science and MedTech

This course focuses on the study of processes required to create value for a final consumer, through the contribution of a network of companies (generally labelled as “supply chain”). Basic as well as more advanced elements of supply chain structure and management, purchasing processes and supplier management will be analysed. Special focus will be devoted to concepts and applications of “digital supply chains.

Logistics and lean logistics. Supply chain flow. Materials and inventory management (JIT/JIS, MRP, Kanban). Win-win approaches in the management of materials (continuous replenishment, consignment stock). KPIs and dashboard logistics.

Management

CORE COURSE – Strategic management of the supply network represents one of the fundamental determinants of business competitiveness. The need to focus internal activities on a limited range of distinctive ‘core’ skills, combined with that of ever greater flexibility, enhance the importance that the supply chain has in supporting the pursuit of business objectives in the best possible way.
This course adopts a strategic perspective on supply chain management, through which it highlights and analyzes its relationship with business strategy. It examines the structure of the supply network and the different approaches that need to be taken in managing inter-organizational relationships. It deals with highly topical issues such as the management of supply risk and supply relationships in crisis situations, the choices of location of production and supply (offshoring-reshoring) and progress towards the digital supply chain.
The didactic modality of the course is centered on the constant connection between general models and their practical applications to real cases.

Executive MBA

The cross-sectionality of the logistics function and the value chain. Design and planning of the production system layouts. Management and forecasting of market demand. General criteria of programming and audit of production. Procurement and management of inventory and consumable materials. Evolution of just in time systems: from lean production to lean thinking. Automation of the information flow: from barcode to RFID technologies. Management of physical distribution.

Hybrid MBA