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Making the Right Things in the Right Places
One-day course
Wednesday 10 May 2017
This intensive one-day course will help you to reconfigure your company’s international footprint of manufacturing activities to deliver real business impact.



This course will help you to:

  • Develop a make-or-buy strategy, balancing the protection of critical production capabilities with effective use of supply partners.
  • Design a long-term transformation plan for your global network of plants and supply partners, including incremental, breakthrough, and clean sheet scenarios.
  • Understand the key drivers that deliver synergies across a global network, promoting growth, lowering costs, providing better access to resources and improving resilience to risk.
  • Understand the right level of data analysis and how to engage stakeholders across complex organisations.

What you will learn


On the course you will work in groups to:

  • Understand manufacturing core competencies and supply strategies by deploying structured ‘make-or-buy’ tools.
  • Design a global manufacturing and supply network, considering plant roles and network coordination principles, scenario development and evaluation.
  • Develop network reconfiguration projects that deliver the strategic vision, involving manufacturing location decisions, insourcing and outsourcing, and transferring production.

On the course you will work in groups to:

  • Explore the impact of market and technological drivers.
  • Review the latest approaches to advanced analysis that help to guide high level strategic principles and ongoing footprint development.
  • Gain practical insights into how the tools have helped leading companies develop competitive advantage through footprint transformation.


'I left the course with a great understanding of the tools which I have since applied in my role, helping to make important strategic decisions regarding long-term footprint reconfiguration. The course enabled me to make clear recommendations to senior stakeholders with confidence, knowing that they would lead to benefits in terms of ambitious growth and delivery of global synergies in cost and innovation.'


Global Advanced Technology Manager, Electrical Engineering Systems



Who should attend
  • Senior operations executives looking to inspire thought leadership in manufacturing footprint development across complex organisations.
  • Mid-level operations managers and executives who lead strategic change programmes in global manufacturing.
  • Strategic analysts and internal consultants who support major strategic change programmes.
  • High potential functional leaders and managers who are seeking to develop awareness of the important global, enterprise-level strategic challenges that the business is facing. 


Course Presenters


Paul Christodoulou and Don Fleet have led the development and application of the IfM approach to Manufacturing Footprint Strategy in blue chip companies over the last 14 years, and are co-authors of the publication Making the Right Things in the Right Places. Prior to working with IfM, Paul and Don both held senior operational and strategic roles in global manufacturing companies.



The course can be run in company, tailored to meet your organisation's requirements. If you would like to discuss in company courses, please contact us.


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