ROCHESTER, Mich., Aug. 1, 2014 — As part of an ongoing effort to help innovators capitalize on emerging technologies, Oakland University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) is offering the course “Competing in a Connected World.”

Introduced in 2013, this advanced course teaches students how to find new ways to gain a competitive edge in the global marketplace. This year, the course will be conducted in partnership with Oakland’s School of Business Administration and will bring together students from engineering and business to develop and assess ideas for commercial viability.

“This will be a high-level course focused on strategies to bridge the disciplinary divide between engineering and business,” said Dr. Robert Van Til, ISE department chair. “Students from both fields will be working together to harness the power of the connected world.”

Through a series of projects and guest lectures, the course will examine a variety of strategic topics, including:

·       The basic architecture of the connected world

·       Building blocks to succeed in an ever-changing business environment

·       Different approaches to transform organizational leadership and governance to address challenges of the connected world.

·       Strategies and implementation models to manage value chains in a connected environment

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