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kaplan mt435 all units discussions [ unit 1 to unit 10 discussions ]

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Question;Many discussion opportunities come up where you need to respond to other people's opinions and comments. Please take this opportunity to introduce yourself and to learn something about each other. Then address the Discussion topic after you have completed your Reading.Quality ManagementAt this juncture you should have a firm understanding of how important operations management and operational quality management is to every successful organization. This Discussion topic challenge relates to quality and an organizations constant search for continuous improvement.Please answer the following:Select a company or organization that, in your personal experience, has produced products of "high quality."Select one product, from the company named, that you personally believe to be of exceptional quality and appraise the specific characteristics of the product that make it "high quality."Select a product (from the same company or from another company) that you believe is of "poor quality." Appraise why you found the product of "poor quality" by describing and listing any defects, and suggest ways in which that organization could improve the products quality.Make sure you are supporting your answers fully and that your source research is identified with citations and references.unit 2 discussionMany discussion opportunities come up where you need to respond to other people?s opinions and comments. Respond to your Discussion topic after you have completed your Reading.Lean SystemsThe advent of new technologies (the Internet, computerization, etc.) and the impact of globalization (products not only available from every country but being developed in multiple countries) has increased not just the demand for goods and services but also has increased customer requirements and expectations. As such, organizations must be constantly changing to be as economically competitive as possible. This means doing more with less as the organization becomes as "lean" as possible (no fat).The operations manager must be aware of how and why lean systems are necessary.To answer the Discussion questions you will need to do additional research using the virtual library and/or Internet.In order for an organization to do more with less they must examine all facets of the production or service process. To that end address the questions below:How does just-in-time (JIT) inventory control help organizations become more lean?Where does the information on waste (waste in raw materials, waste in process and flow, etc.) come from?Should line employees be involved in making recommendations to improve lean production and processes or should this decision making be left only to management?Many discussion opportunities come up where you need to respond to other people?s opinions and comments. Respond to your Discussion topic after you have completed your Reading.Topic 1: Product DesignList and describe briefly the elements of Product Design. Select one and apply it to a product you would like to see created in the marketplace.Topic 2: Service DesignList and describe briefly the elements of Service Design. Consider a service industry and create a short service blueprint, a series of events that has at least 5 steps. Then describe each step with a short paragraph under each step.unit 4Many discussion opportunities come up where you need to respond to other people?s opinions and comments. Respond to your Discussion topic after you have completed your Reading.Facility DesignOperations managers must be concerned with more than final outcomes (the final product or service delivered). They must be involved in determining the processes used to develop and create the final product and how they can be created or manufactured within the current capacities of the organization.Successful organizations appear complex because they are made up of a multitude of different departments with each having a specific responsibility in the creation and delivery of the final product or service.For this question you will need to conduct research on capacity and facilities before you can prepare a complete response to the questions asked. Start this research by reviewing the Web Field Trip resources below.Web Field TripThe below websites all relate to your Discussion topic for this week. Please spend some time reviewing these websites before you compose your response.http://www.discoverdbr.com/grocerystorelayout.htmlhttp://www.foodmarketdesigns.com/http://www.wordsyouwant.com/samples/How to -Layout Your Supermarket.pdfDiscussion topicBe sure each of the questions below is addressed. Address each question individually and be careful not to combine your questions and answers:Identify a supermarket/grocery market to discuss for this Discussion topic.What departments within the market tend to be co-located (adjacent to one another)? Do you believe the co-location is planned? If so why?What departments within the market tend to be distant from one another? What purpose is accomplished by separating these departments so far apart from each other?Why is the layout of the supermarket so important to the overall delivery of the products and services provided?What recommendations would you make to the layout of the supermarket to make the layout more effective or efficient?Supply Chain ManagementA supply chain involves all the activities associated with how manufacturing, materials, facilities, personnel, transportation, inventory, and other items flow and then are transformed into goods and services. Every asset, information, and process is part of the supply chain. For this discussion you will be addressing how the supply chain works and possible issues you may encounter.Within this complex system, operation management responsibilities can be both strategic and tactical.Examine the place where you currently work, or a prior career, and identify a single service or product produced by your organization.Identify the different components of the supply chain for that product or service (list them from beginning to end). Be sure to identify which parts of the supply chain are considered "upstream" and "downstream" exchanges.Based on what you learned from your research, describe a single current issue that might negatively impact a company's global supply chain.unit 8Global Supply Chain ManagementResearch the impact of global shipping and receiving at ports around the world since September 11, 2001. What policy has been added to this field? What laws have been changed? Describe best practices in global shipping and receiving at ports in your own words, supported by your research online.Supply Chain ManagementA supply chain involves all the activities associated with how manufacturing, materials, facilities, personnel, transportation, inventory, and other items flow and then are transformed into goods and services. Every asset, information, and process is part of the supply chain. For this discussion you will be addressing how the supply chain works and possible issues you may encounter.Within this complex system, operation management responsibilities can be both strategic and tactical.Examine the place where you currently work, or a prior career, and identify a single service or product produced by your organization.Identify the different components of the supply chain for that product or service (list them from beginning to end). Be sure to identify which parts of the supply chain are considered "upstream" and "downstream" exchanges.Based on what you learned from your research, describe a single current issue that might negatively impact a company's global supply chain.unit 8Global Supply Chain ManagementResearch the impact of global shipping and receiving at ports around the world since September 11, 2001. What policy has been added to this field? What laws have been changed? Describe best practices in global shipping and receiving at ports in your own words, supported by your research online.ForecastingSuccessful organizations are also those who are able to make relatively accurate forecasts about the future needs (inventory, facilities, capacity, manufacturing, manpower) for the products produced or the services delivered.Forecasting is an uncertain science since it calls for predictions but current theoretical and mathematical models (quantitative and qualitative) make it possible for organizations to predict with an acceptable margin of error. Think about it this way, without forecasting organizations would always be responding rather than acting.Select one industry from the list below: Bank, restaurant, health clinic/hospital, airline, or university.What specific variables would be needed by that organization in order to forecast? Be sure you explain why you selected each variable and why it is important to forecasting.Which variables are used for short-range forecasting, long-range forecasting, or for both. Make sure you support your selections.unit 10Inventory ManagementWith effective resource planning organizations can reduce inventory and service costs, improve efficiencies, and establish methods for continuous improvement. Depending upon the type of resource there is a different type of planning that must take place. This can include, material requirements planning (MRP), capacity requirements planning (CRP), enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), or product lifecycle management (PLM).Research two specific types of resource planning.Based on your research, explain whether or not you believe ERP and MRP are the only resource planning processes applicable to manufactured processes?Can either ERP or MRP be used for service industries or can they only be used for manufacturing organizations?

 

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