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Operations Management deals with the design and management of products, processes, services and supply chains. It considers the acquisition, development, and utilization of resources that firms need to deliver the goods and services their clients want.
The purvey of OM ranges from strategic to tactical and operational levels. Representative strategic issues include determining design of goods and services, process and capacity design, location strategy, layout strategy, human resources and job design, supply-chain management.
Tactical issues include layout and structure, project management methods, and equipment selection and replacement.
Operational issues include scheduling and control of operations, inventory management, quality control and inspection, traffic and materials handling, and equipment maintenance policies.
Select an organization of your choice and answer the following questions:-
- Critically assess the current operations strategy of the organization. Describe your answer using the strategic, tactical and operational factors mentioned above in the assignment brief. (25 marks)
- Doing things right by providing error free goods and services, which will satisfy the customers, is known as ‘quality’. Critically assess the Quality Management practices in the organization. Benchmark the current practices with industry leading practices and recommend required improvements. (25 marks)
- Identify five core cross-functional processes in the organization. Describe each of the process with standard tools and diagrams.(Standard tools and diagrams are: Process Chart, Process Flow Chart, Responsibility Matrix, etc…). Critically evaluate and re-engineer the processes and recommend improvements. (25 marks)
- Describe the importance of “Process innovation and improvement”to the organization. Support your answer with TIM implementation (total innovation management), technology acquisition and automation practices. (25 marks)
The following criteria will be used when marking your assignment equations:-
- Clear identification of current practices , compare with leading practices and identify required improvements.– 35%
- Use of appropriate theory and examples wherever needed to answer questions. – 15%
- Creativity and novelty of recommendations/improvements – 25%
- Depth of the analysis and relevance – 15%
- The format and flow of report – 10%
Criteria for marking provided below
|STRUCTURE OF ESSAY||Clear and logical structure in line with main tenets of the topic||Clear structure||Reasonably defined||Adequate, tendency not to be very clear in line with the main tenets of the topic||Limited structure, not very relevant||Very limited, totally lacking in relevance|
|RESEARCH||Excellent, considerable reading from a wide variety of sources||Good variety of sources used||Reasonable attempt to uncover information around the topic||Adequate reading, not enough breadth in variety of issues||Limited reading, not enough relevancy||Poor research, reliance on Websites|
|KNOWLEDGE||Outstanding ;wide breadth and depth||Up to date but lacking in depth and breadth||Reasonably up to date||Adequate but lacking in depth and breadth||Limited||Very limited, and no breadth and depth|
|INDEPENDENT THOUGHTS||Clear evidence of original thought||Evidence of independent thought||Discussion based on assertions||Little evidence of assertion, more description than argument||Very few facts, no evidence of independent thought||No evidence at all of independent thought|
|ANALYSIS||Exceptional||Very good analysis||Limited in places||Limited in places and superficial||Poor analysis||None|
|ARGUMENTS||Excellent||Outstanding; excellent at times||Relevant but not always comprehensive||Superficial||Few relevant to the topic||Hardly any relevant to the topic|
|CITATION ACCURACY||Brilliant||Very good||Good, but lapses||Poor||Very poor/None||None|
|FOCUS||Clear focus consistent throughout||Well focused||Well focused but lapses||Lack of focus||No focus||Complete lack of focus, no relevancy at all|
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- The soft copy should be saved directly to a CD as one file. Documents saved in different files and/or in subfolders will be rejected.
- Softy copy should be named as MBA-(subject number)-(assignment number)-(followed by the student registration number)
E.g. for Operations Management Assignment
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- Please note that plagiarism is treated as a serious offence and therefore the work you produce must be individual and original although may work in groups in some instances (Please refer to Student Handbook on Plagiarism & Cheating).
- All sources of information must be referenced using “Harvard referencing” where a reference listing should be included at the end of the assignment.
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- Student name
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