Manager for an Efficient and Innovative Footwear Industry

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Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (23 ratings)
2,309 students
6hr 18min of on-demand video

In the end students will have improved their footwear industry knowledge and skills. In particular, the course focuses on innovation, quality in management and the relation between industries and education and research organizations.


  • Basic knowledge about management.


The main aim of the MOOC Manager for an Efficient and Innovative Footwear Industry is to improve the knowledge and skills of managers (and potential ones) of companies in the footwear sector and related areas. The MOOC is in line with the mentality of the new professionals recently joining the footwear industry labour force and provides incentives the development of innovative footwear materials as a result of the training process.

Who this course is for:

  • Staff and managers from shoes, footwear or related industries.


Carlos Vaz de Carvalho
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 57 Reviews
  • 9,337 Students
  • 3 Courses

I'm currently Professor at the Computer Eng. Dep. of the Engineering School of the Porto Polytechnic (ISEP). I'm also Director of Virtual Campus Lda, an SME dedicated to Technology Enhanced Learning and Serious Games.

I have a PhD (2001) in Technologies and Information Systems from the University of Minho, focusing in the use of e-learning in Higher Education.

As professor, I've lectured more than 20 different courses on Algorithms, Programming, Data Structures, E-Learning and Multimedia. Currently I'm lecturing Serious Games Design and Development and Multimedia Application Development. I was responsible for planning and developing the syllabuses and materials for most of these courses.

I started my research career in 1988 at INESC in the Computer Graphics Group. In 1996, I focused in Technology Enhanced Learning while doing my PhD at the University of Minho. From 2005 to 2014, I was Scientific Coordinator of GILT R&D (Games, Interaction and Learning Technologies). I've directed eight PhD and 40 MSc theses and authored over 200 publications and communications, including more than ten books (as author and editor). I coordinated 16 national and European projects and participated in more than 20 other projects. I worked as an expert for the European Commission and associated agencies in the scope of the Socrates-ODL, Minerva, E-Learning, E-Contents Plus, Lifelong Learning and Erasmus+ programmes.

On the management side, I directed the Distance Education Unit of the Porto Polytechnic from 1997 until 2000. From 2001 until 2005 I was E-Learning Director of ISEP and served as Dean of the Computer Eng. Dep. between 2003 and 2005. Between 2011 and 2013 I was President of the Portuguese Chapter of the IEEE Education Society.

Currently, I'm directing a company dedicated to the production of Serious Games and Technology-based Educational contents and applications.

European Consortium
Shoeman Project
  • 3.9 Instructor Rating
  • 23 Reviews
  • 2,309 Students
  • 1 Course

The overall aim of the SHOEMAN consortium is to contribute to better qualified professionals in the European Footwear Industry by developing a cross-disciplinary training program, combining professional and transversal skills associated with entrepreneurship, innovation, both technological and non-technological. In general, the project is intended to address both technological and non-technological issues, from basic to new technologies, and from fundamental managerial skills, financial or project management skills, to issues pertaining to health and safety at the workplace, as well as social responsibility and traceability throughout the value chain.

Trainer, consultant, serial entrepreneur
Atila Baslar
  • 3.9 Instructor Rating
  • 23 Reviews
  • 2,309 Students
  • 1 Course

Professional on training on TQM, project cycle management, entrepreneurship, market research, SME management and investment feasibility. Experience in grant project preparation and management, investment feasibility, business planning, Erasmus +, KOSGEB, TUBITAK grants.

He worked for Coca Cola Bottlers of Turkey. Sınai Yatırım Bankası (Industrial Investment Bank), Fortune Consulting, Batu Construction, Bakac Advertising.

He prepared tens of economic reports on different ındustrial investment projects such as textile and garments, organic agriculture, plastics, energy, automotive.

He prepared more than 150 business plans for entrepreneurs.

He trained more than 7000 entrepreneurs on how to start-up their company and SME management.

He prepared more than 100 grant projects since 2004.

Project manager
Jana Bobálová
  • 3.9 Instructor Rating
  • 23 Reviews
  • 2,309 Students
  • 1 Course

Project manager at the Czech Footwear and Leather Association (COKA). The main job is to provide services to members of the COKA and work on international European projects - experience from Erasmus+ project High and Shoe (HES), Leonardo project Step to sustainability (S2S) and cooperation with international partners on the creation of outputs for Erasmus+ project Shoeman - Manager for an Efficient and Innovative Footwear Industry.

Research technician
Michal Spacek
  • 3.9 Instructor Rating
  • 23 Reviews
  • 2,309 Students
  • 1 Course

Starting job at Bata shoe company in Zlin from 1980, just after university. Responsible for sale, service of shoe machines as well as responsible for company producing shoe machines from 1991. self employed with activities like training, troubleshooting, research, crisis management,development, green field projects from 2003. Trainer and research technician focused on trainings at customer companies from 2011 as employee of International Shoe Competence Centre in Pirmasens.

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