Manager of an Innovative Leather Company
What you'll learn
- Manage a leather company with a view to innovation
- Understand the principles of innovation
- Apply innovation in the management of a company
- Understand the importance of a systematic quality control process
- Be aware of current research and practice in environmental protection in tanning industries
- Understand the importance of health ans safety at workplaces especially in lether and associeted cosector
- Basic knowledge of business and management processes
The leather industry, a cornerstone of the global fashion and manufacturing sectors, has several distinct needs that must be addressed to ensure its continued growth and sustainability.
Quality Raw Materials: The industry relies on a steady supply of high-quality hides and skins. Consistency in the quality and availability of raw materials is essential for the production of fine leather goods.
Sustainable Practices: With growing environmental concerns, the industry is under pressure to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices, including responsible animal husbandry, waste reduction, and eco-friendly tanning processes.
Innovative Technologies: Leather manufacturers need to invest in research and development to explore new tanning methods, finishing techniques, and alternative materials that are both eco-friendly and cost-effective.
Skilled Workforce: The leather industry requires skilled artisans and technicians for various processes, from tanning to design. Continuous training and education are vital to maintaining high-quality craftsmanship.
Market Access and Branding: The industry needs support in marketing and access to global markets, as well as strategies to promote the ethical and sustainable aspects of leather production.
Regulatory Compliance: Compliance with strict regulations on chemical use, waste disposal, and animal welfare is crucial for maintaining public trust and adhering to international standards.
Innovation and Fashion Trends: To stay competitive, the industry must adapt to changing consumer preferences and emerging fashion trends, often requiring investment in new product lines and designs.
Infrastructure and Logistics: Adequate infrastructure for transportation and logistics is essential to ensure efficient supply chains and on-time delivery to customers.
In this MOOC we'll analyse current management processes and we'll see how to improve them to ensure that we have an innovative company. We'll focus of aspects like innovation management, leather processes development, standardization and quality control, environmental impact of the tannng industries, health and safety at work and other personal and transversal skills. The course lasts for eight weeks, seven corresponding to the different modules and a final week to deliver a course project work.
Who this course is for:
- Present and aspiring managers especially from leather and associeted sectors
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.
Expert in International Relations and European policies and funds. Studied political science and international business in Milan and in the Netherlands. Worked for the public (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Municipality of Milan), semi public and private sector; mainly in the field of public funds, events management and European policies.
She is active in the field of EU projects since 2009; has experience in the management of projects and connected activities such as research, dissemination and reporting.
Moreover, she has experience as a trainer in EU project management and Canvas business model.
She has been working in projects in the field of training & research and mainly in the field of TCLF
Foundation for Promotion of Entrepreneurship (FPE) is a non-profit foundation (NGO) established in 1990. The mission of FPE is to develop the spirit of entrepreneurship. FPE provides training, consultancy and information services.
FPE provides training, consultancy and information services. FPE has trained more than 35.000 people so far. FPE is an advisory centre in the area of innovation management, commercialization and implementation of innovative solutions, IPR protection, etc.
Since 2008 FPE has been the Enterprise Europe Network centre dedicated to the Łódzkie Region.
I’m currently General Manager of CTIC – Leather Technological Centre in Portugal. Besides the global management of the Centre it includes also the coordination of several national and international projects, in the fields of research and development, professional qualification and management for SME.
Speaker in seminars and other events in Portugal and abroad.
I have a Degree in Economics, 1978, by ISCTE, University of Lisbon and I have participated in several courses, seminars and conferences in the fields of economics, management, quality, innovation, cleaner technologies and circular economy.
Since 1979 to 1993, I was an Economist in industrial companies.
I’m a Member of Order of Economists and of Order of Official Accountants.
I was President of GERIC – Group of European Leather Research Centres since 2005 to 2012.
Member of Administration Board of CENTI – The Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials.
I'm currently working at CTIC - the Portuguese Leather Technological Centre, based at Alcanena, Portugal.
Since 1996 I’m full time Director of the Physical-mechanical Laboratory and full time Responsible for the Acoustics and Noise Department since 2006.
Since September 2009 I have an active participation as a specialist member, on the European Technical Committee for the Standardization CEN/TC 289 - Leather, on Work Groups WG2, WG3 e WG4.
As specialization related to leather and teaching, I have a Superior Course in Leather Technology of the Escuela Superior de Teneria - Igualada (Barcelona) – Spain and I’m a professional trainer accredited by IEFP – Portuguese Training and Employment Institute.
From 1996 until 2001 I was teacher of Leather Technology on 12º Grade Technical-Professional Course at Alcanena’s Secondary School.
Since then, as a trainer I’ve lectured more than 25 different courses on Leather Technology, Tannery Processes, Standardization and Leather Testing, Production Control, among others. I was responsible for planning and developing the syllabuses and materials for most of these courses.
I participated with technical support and cooperation in several leather sector surveys, as well as with technical support on CTIC participation in several R&D projects funded by the European Union, and CTIC participation in several R&D Portuguese projects.
Currently, among other activities, I'm directing the CTIC’s I&D department.
A Chemical Engineer, graduated from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, with experience and expertise on Quality Management and Quality Control. She has previously worked at the Quality Department of ELKEDE Technology & Design Centre SA, in charge of the Product Certification Office and as an Assistant Quality Manager for the Quality Control Laboratory, in charge of the coordination of the internal quality control.
She is currently with Creative Thinking Development (CRE.THI.DEV), as Project Manager and Project Quality Manager for several Erasmus+ and regional projects with a focus on training, research and quality issues in a variety of topics including footwear, leather, food safety as well as sports.
Ana Belén Muñoz Milán is the Head of INESCOP’s Environment Department. She has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Alicante and an Expert’s degree in Plastics and Rubber. During her 20-year professional career at INESCOP, the Spanish Footwear Technology Institute, she has coordinated and participated in many European, national and regional projects in different areas related to the footwear industry: polymers, adhesion and adhesives for the footwear industry, development of sustainable materials, reuse of waste from the footwear and components sector, calculation of environmental impacts with indicators such as the carbon footprint, etc. She has authored numerous publications and articles in scientific and technical journals of the sector in relation to her research areas. In addition, she advises companies on the implementation of the European REACH Regulation about the control of hazardous substances used in footwear. For 10 years, she has collaborated with the Secretariat of ASEFCA, the Spanish Association of Adhesives Manufacturers.
Present position: Senior Researcher degree 1 - INCDTP-Division Leather and Footwear Research Institute, Bucharest, Romania; Scientific Secretary of INCDTP-ICPI in the period 2007-2017; President of Romanian Technical Committee of Standardization for Leather and Footwear Sector (ASRO -TC 102) and member of CEN TC-289 of EC; Editor in Chief of Leather and Footwear Journal; EC project’s evaluator; member of Dissertation Commissions for Doctoral degree; member of scientific committee of international conferences.
Expertise: Materials Science and Engineering, Clean technologies for leather processing; Leather waste recovery/valorization technologies; sustainable manufacturing; product design; Obtaining of biocomposites for leather processing.
Scientific activities: Author /Co-author: 5 books and 6 book chapters, over 170 articles, 25 Romanian patents, 1 EPO patent, Project Director for 20 research projects.
From 2007 until 2008 I was teacher of Leather Technology at University Politehnica of Bucharest, Mechanical and Mechatronic Faculty, Bucharest, RO.
Since then, as a trainer I’ve lectured different courses on Leather Technology, Technology for special leathers for antique upholstery and furniture leathers, Technology for Waste Valorization. I was responsible for planning and developing materials for these courses.
I participated as coordinator in 18 R&D international and national projects funded by the European Union or national agency.
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