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Journal Club on Lean Production Systems (2018)

ECTS credits:

5 ECTS (1 ECTS is 25-30 hours of work)


Course parameters:

Language: English

Level of course: PhD course

Time of year: Spring / summer 2018

Hours per session: 10 sessions of 3 hours

Capacity limits: Max. 10 participants


Objectives of the course:

The objective is to improve the participants' knowledge about production systems and the difference between project production, mass production and mass customization. 


Learning outcomes and competences:

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

- differentiate between common production systems;

- differentiate between lean production and lean construction;

- analyze a production system

- Identify characteristics of different production systems and theoretical foundations

- critically read scientific articles;

- present, interpret, and discuss scientific articles;

- explain a technical paper to a broader technical audience;

- structure a critical literature review on the topic.


Compulsory programme:

- Attend at least 80% of the article discussion sessions and participate actively in these discussions;

- First introduction and background session is mandatory;

- Study the required background material;

- Select and present at least five scientific paper;

- Act as moderator for at least one session and introduce the discussion topic;

- Hand in report in draft form.


Course contents:

The course focuses on project and production systems literature and how this can be understood and categorized according to system model and theory. PhD students from all areas of engineering and natural sciences with interest in project, production and manufacturing can benefit from attending the course since as we will address general issues.

The course is organized in the following sessions:
Session 1:
Seminar with introduction and background of production models and theory;
Session 2-10:
Presentation, review and discussion of selected papers, one per session. In each session, one student presents a paper, all students participate in the discussion and one student is the moderator. Each session will have a specific focus, highlighting various aspects of production and manufacturing systems, e.g. the structure, the logic and reasoning, references and citations, etc. The focus will be introduced by the moderator one week in advance.



Participants need to be enrolled in a PhD programme.


Name of lecturers:

Professor Allan Gross, Department of Business Development and Technology, BSS, Aarhus University.

Section Manager Søren Wandahl, Section of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University.


Type of course/teaching methods:

- Journal club with meetings, presentations, and discussions. Participants are expected to contribute actively to the presentations and discussions.



A collection of papers will be distributed before the course.

Also, a reading list of relevant books and papers will be handed out.


Course assessment:

Active participation and adherence to the bullets under the “Compulsory programme” heading. Moreover approved report draft.



Section of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University.

Department of Business Development and Technology, BSS, Aarhus University.


Special comments on this course:




A total of 10 sessions over the period 1 June 2018 – 1 September 2018.

Lecture dates are agreed among participants.



Navitas Campus, Aarhus University

Room number to be announced.



Deadline for registration is 25 May 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Søren Wandahl, e-mail: swa@eng.au.dk

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