Industry 4.0 - The Future of Factories

IESE-Shizenkan Joint Forum (19:00-20:30 JST)

Industry 4.0 - The Future of Factories

21/Jan/2021 from 19:00 a 20:30

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We would like to invite you to an upcoming forum that IESE and Shizenkan jointly host, inviting Professor Marc Sachon from IESE Business School. 

Over the last two decades, we have observed technology and innovation disrupt trade and commerce (e.g., Amazon) as well as service (e.g., Airbnb). 

There will also be significant disruption to manufacturing industry, driven by new technologies such as cyber-physical systems (deeply integrated physical mechanisms, such as robots and computer-based algorithms), Internet-of-Things, and 3D printing. Professor Marc Sachon warns that leaders need to creatively rethink their operations and to move agilely in order to maintain the competitiveness of the organization they lead. 

How and why do such new technologies disrupt manufacturing industry? What will future factories look like? What is the role of leaders in better preparing their organizations for the upcoming disruption?

In this forum, we will explore such questions and see some early evidence of changes that are now taking place. 

Note that a Zoom link will be sent to you after registering.


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    Academic Director, International Center for Logistics Research (CIIL)

    Marc Sachon is professor in the Department of Production, Technology and Operations Management. He holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University; an MBA from IESE Business School, University of Navarra; and an master in aerospace technology from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His main areas of interest are operations strategy, supply chain management and manufacturing. <BR> <BR>Prof. Sachon is the academic director of IESE's Advanced Management Program (AMP) in Munich, aimed at board members and company owners as well as several other executive programs. He teaches courses on operations management, operations strategy, operational excellence, retail operations and strategy implementation in IESE's executive and MBA programs. Besides IESE, Prof. Sachon has taught at various other universities in Colombia, Germany, Iceland, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia and USA. <BR> <BR>His research is focused on supply chain management and engineering risk analysis, primarily in the automotive industry and the retail sector. He has published both in academic journals, such as IEEE Transactions, and business journals such as European Business Forum (EBF). He has contributed chapters to several books on operations management and process improvement. His cases are amongst the best-selling cases of IESE (Aldi, Porsche, Netflix).<BR> <BR>He is the chairman of IESE's meeting of the automotive industry, IESE AUTO, held in November each year.<BR> <BR>Prior to entering academia, Prof. Sachon worked at IBM Germany for several years. As a consultant, Prof. Sachon has been involved in projects in different industries, ranging from airlines, automotive, apparel, fashion and FMCG to logistics, pharma and utilities.<P>