Title Development of an e-Training Programme on Productivity
Project Number TR/06/B/F/PP178008
Project Type Pilot Project, project with multiplying effect (2000-2006)
How to assess, measure and improve productivity in SMEs?
The Productivity Management e-Training Programme answers this question with 5 e-courses covering all the steps of the productivity management cycle.
The content is developed exclusively, based on the vast experience of the Project partners in the area of productivity consultancy and training. The information is highly practical, including do’s and dont’s in the implementation.
The audio-visual quality of the e-courses is excellent since the characters, illustrations and animations are exclusively produced. The speech text was edited by native speaker language teachers to give a conversational quality to it and also narrated by a native speaker.
The curriculum was developed first, ensuring a consistent content throughout the programme. Programme is offered in both English and Turkish, online exams and dictionaries and the story of HİTİT Inc. the fictional enterprise used as the case study in the courses are provided.
Summary Euroductivity Project has brought universities (TOBB-ETÜ, SWSPIZ), national productivity centres (MPM, RKW, SLCP), an SME Center (CRIMM) and a business front organization (TOBB) together with a general aim of increasing the competitiveness and productivity level of Europe. In order to reach this general aim, the Productivity Training Portal has been developed, the Productivity Management e-Training Programme has been designed and 5 e-courses both in English and in Turkish have been developed, produced and uploaded to the portal.
Description The objective of the Productivity Management e-Training Programme is to provide those who are currently employed and seeking to develop their skills further, senior students and graduates of engineering and economics & administrative sciences who have not yet to begin their careers, with information on productivity management. These will be the individuals who are responsible for the productivity improvement activities of enterprises.
Open and distance learning
material for open learning
open and distance learning
program or curricula
The Productivity Training Portal and the Productivity Management e-Training Programme are the outputs of Euroductivity Project. The Programme is considered to be the initial step to become a specialist in the area of productivity, and also contain the basic information for carrying out productivity improvement activities in enterprises.
Productivity Management e-Training Programme includes all steps of the productivity management cycle. After providing the student with a conceptual framework about productivity, the programme provides instructions as to the following; how productivity measurement is carried out within an enterprise; how productivity problems are identified; how solutions to problems that have been identified are planned and the way in which two exemplary Productivity Improvement Techniques are applied within the context of this plan.
1.Introduction to Productivity introduces the student to the concept of productivity, providing information about productivity and associated concepts. Productivity is handled not only at the business level, but also as a contemporary concept within the social, environmental and macroeconomic context.
2.Introduction to Productivity Measurement explains to the student why and how productivity is measured at the business level and lists the types of measures used to measure productivity. It further addresses the relationship between productivity measurement and performance measurement while providing examples of problems that may be encountered during measurements carried out at the business level. Students will be able to reinforce what they have learned by viewing a productivity measurement model being applied at the business level at Hitit Inc.
3.Diagnosing Productivity Problems provides the student with information regarding productivity problems and productivity problem areas and explains the steps and methods involved in diagnosing productivity problems. The course further elaborates on the types of behaviour that should be adopted or avoided during the diagnosis. The course is concluded with an example of a productivity diagnosis carried out at Hitit Inc.
4.Productivity Improvement Programme Design conveys to the student the basic philosophy of a productivity improvement programme that will be applied at the business level. Following this, further information is provided about the stages of the productivity improvement process and the collection of the necessary data. A productivity improvement programme design is then applied at Hitit Inc. in order to reinforce what the student has learned.
5.Case Study: 5S and Layout Planning provides a theoretical explanation of the planned steps involved in the solution to the previously identified 5S and Layout planning techniques and provides a demonstration of their application in HİTİT Inc.
A fictional enterprise is used for the students to better understand the subjects covered during these courses. Against the backdrop of interactions between employees of Hitit Inc. a step by step explanation is provided about how productivity measurement, productivity diagnosis, productivity improvement programme design and 5S and Layout Planning are carried out. The enterprise, its facilities, managers and employees, balance sheets, income statements, work flow, layout plan…etc are all designed exclusively for the Project.