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Operations Management

Game for it ?

Game for it ?
by Guest Contributor September 26, 2013 General / Interesting

“What? Gaming in the workplace? No way!” This is something that we hear from Corporate HR leaders all the time! But it’s time we asked the important question – “Why not?” Employees dream of a workplace that they love going back to every day. The drivers could be challenging work, rewards or a great working [...]

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Sizing of Capacity

Sizing of Capacity
by Sree Rama Rao November 23, 2012 General / Interesting

Closely tied to the question of how much capacity should be provided to meet forecasted demand are issues relating to the size of the increments of capacity to be added at any point in time. An operating facility’s size or, more precisely its scale usually affects the costs of acquiring and operating it. Although it [...]

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Focus on Fit in the Small

Focus on Fit in the Small
by Sree Rama Rao October 25, 2012 Operations Management

The notion of focus naturally, almost inevitably from the concept of fit. Just as a company must choose, train, and manage a sales force differently if its primary task is to sell expensive capital equipment to engineers, as opposed to selling inexpensive disposables to unsophisticated consumers a single operations organization is unlikely to be equally [...]

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Timing of Capacity Increments

Timing of Capacity Increments
by Sree Rama Rao October 15, 2012 Operations Management

At its heart a capacity strategy suggests how the amount and timing of capacity changes should relate to long term changes in demand. Three options illustrate the range of possibilities available when demand is expected to grow steadily. Alternative Types of capacity Cushion One obvious way that companies can meet demand that is temporarily greater [...]

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Costing of Vertical Integration

Costing of Vertical Integration
by Sree Rama Rao October 14, 2012 Operations Management

However, as with most strategic decisions, the issue is more complex than it first appears. There are also costs and risks associated with outsourcing and many counter examples to the outsourcing success stories. Drawing general conclusions about the relative success or failure of vertical integration, based on what is working or not working in a [...]

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Infrastructure Decisions (Organization)

Infrastructure Decisions (Organization)
by Sree Rama Rao September 1, 2012 Operations Management

A company’s operations infrastructure is composed of its policies and systems governing a number of activities, from capital budgeting and equipment selection to organizational structure.  Each of these systems often has repercussions and implications for other infrastructural and structural elements. Capital budgeting and performance measurement systems in particular seem to affect everything else. In addition, [...]

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Responding to Evolving Strategies, Markets and Technologies

Responding to Evolving Strategies, Markets and Technologies
by Sree Rama Rao August 9, 2012 Operations Management

Since the on-going task for an operations organization is to structure and manage itself so as to enhance its company’s competitive strategy as its environment and evolve it usually becomes necessary to make changes in a number of the operations decisions.  Again and again we have found that the root cause of an operations crisis [...]

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Important Decisions involved in Operations

Important Decisions involved in Operations
by Sree Rama Rao July 29, 2012 Operations Management

A useful framework for thinking about the diversity of operations design decisions is provided. The collective impact of these decisions   establishes limits on an operations organization’s strategic capabilities. Operations strategy decision categories: Structural decisions Capacity –amount , type, timing Sourcing and vertical integration –direction extent, balance Facilities  — size, location, specialization Information and process technology [...]

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Market Oriented Production Planning in Textile Industry

Market Oriented Production Planning in Textile Industry
by Guest Contributor July 26, 2012 General / Interesting

The Mantra of shorter  ‘Turn Around Time ‘ is being increasingly propagated by almost all textile marketing professionals. Almost all textile giants of the country have started admitting that key to survive is to service the customer  quickly .  World class brands now take it as forgone conclusion that supplier has to provide them service [...]

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Information Intensive Operations

Information Intensive Operations
by Sree Rama Rao June 18, 2012 Operations Management

In the information intensive industries, almost all these assumptions come into question. To begin, the production and distribution of information is very different from that of physical products. Operations managers typically have focused their attention on the cost of producing a specified volume of a product or service during a given time period, where the [...]

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Operation – New Directions

Operation – New Directions
by Sree Rama Rao June 1, 2012 Operations Management

Most of the people employed by most organizations – whether private or public, whether engaged in making products or delivering services are engaged in its operations function, and most of its physical  assets reside there. Within operations we include all those activities required to create and deliver a product or service, from procurement through conversion [...]

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The Limits

The Limits
by Sree Rama Rao May 7, 2012 Operations Management

Process Reengineering – At the heart of the lean manufacturing paradigm is the concept of continuous improvement. Even though the operating system that it results in may be vastly different from that embodying the older mass production paradigm the process of getting from the latter to the former generally requires a myriad of incremental improvements [...]

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