NU MGT451 ALL DISCUSSIONS

| June 11, 2016

Question
Week One Discussion 1

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Why study operations management? Furthermore, what is the difference between the terms “production management” and “operations management”?

Week One Discussion 2

STRATEGIES LINKAGE

What are the practical consequences of a lack of strategic linkage between the business and the operations functions?

Week One Discussion 3

QUALITY FAILURE

Find an example of a quality failure and determine the reasons for the failure. Use the references at the end of Chapter 8 or recent newspaper or magazine articles to help find an example.

Week Two Discussion 1

SUPPLIER – CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP

What is a “process”? Explain from beginning to end the supplier – customer relationship both internally and externally of the organization and why it is important to understand the existence of this relation in producing the final product/service to the ultimate customer (the consumer).

Week Two Discussion 2

MARKETING AND PROCESS STRATEGY

What are the possible consequences of defining a marketing strategy independently of the process strategy?

Week Two Discussion 3

LEAN APPROACH ABROAD

Why did the lean approach evolve in Japan and not in Western countries?

Week Two Discussion 4

What are any mid-course insights you have so far? Feel free to share any insights from the textbook, online lecture notes, online class sessions or the readings!

Week Three Discussion 1
BALANCING SUFFICIENT VICE INSUFFICIENT QUANITIES

Why is the understanding of “customer demands” and supplier availability imperative to maintaining meeting the customer’s needs when they go to purchase your product or service? Also, is it “fair” to the consumer to offer “rain checks” due to lack of product/services, and to place ads that draw consumers in that include “small print” indicating only a “few” items at a very reduced price are actually available?

Week Three Discussion 2

DIFFERENCIATING MANAGEMENT

What is the difference between supply chain management and demand management?

Week Three Discussion 3

CROSS-FUNCTIONAL TEAMS

Why are cross-functional teams so widely used for supply chain improvement?

Week Three Discussion 4

THEORY OF CONSTRAINTS

What is the goal as stated by the theory of consraints (TOC) and how is that goal achieved?

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