Title

Optimal Mix of Operations Management Contents for a Blended Course for Teaching Healthcare MBA Students

Department/School

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Date of this version

2016

Document Type

Article

Keywords

operations management; blended course; hybrid method; online teaching; mixed-integer programming

Abstract

Use of technology is rapidly advancing in online teaching, especially in working-professional MBA programs. MBA programs for special student categories are continuously trying to customize content delivery methods to suit student lifestyles, while meeting accreditation requirements. This paper develops a mathematical model that helps to devise an efficient use of a mixture of classroom and online platforms for covering the necessary Operations Management material for a specialized group of healthcare students. The primary contribution of this paper is not a new use of technology in teaching Operations Management, but an elegant method to organize the materials for teaching a course in an innovative setup that better fits student lifestyles. This method is generic and can be applied to other disciplines.

Published in

INFORMS Transactions on Education

Citation/Other Information

16(3), 87-92