OPS 571 Week 5 Discussion Questions Responses

OPS 571 Week 5 DQ Responses

Post 1: Nice points here, let’s look at capacity flexibility.  Capacity flexibility means having the ability to rapidly increase or decrease production levels, or to shift production capacity quickly from one product or service to another (Jacobs & Chase, 2014).  Such flexibility is achieved through flexible plants, processes, and workers, as well as through strategies that use the capacity of other organizations.  Increasingly, companies are taking the idea of flexibility into account as they design their supply chains.  Working with suppliers, they can build capacity into their whole systems.  What do you think?

Cited Works:

Jacobs, F.R. & Chase, R.B. (2014). Operations and supply chain management (14th ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill

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Post 2:

Dave, Class,

Nice post let’s look at organizational strategic plans.  Organizations must view strategic plans processes (or benchmarking) based on strategic, tactical, and operational aspects.  At the strategic level, Wienclaw (2008) views strategic planning as the process of determining goals and objectives of the organization and using organizational resources to obtain those goals and objectives with technology.  Within the DoD strategic planning starts two years prior to the execution year.  This forwarding thinking permits the collection, prioritization, and alignment of enterprise needs.  Tactically, according to Laudon and Laudon (2007), plans are developed and executed based on available resources looking at obstacles and reviewing alternatives to make the plan successful.  A strategic plan details a holistic view where the tactical plan details timelines for implementation, resources, execution method, and operations oversight (Haag & Cummings, 2008).  An operational plan takes tactical level decisions and develops a course of action to implement needs around day-to-day activities without affecting operations (Laudon & Laudon, 2007).  Do you have any experience with building organizational strategic plans?

Cited Works:

Haag, S., & Cummings, M. (2008). Management information systems for the information age (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

Laudon, K. C., & Laudon, J. P. (2007). Management information systems: Managing the digital firm (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Wienclaw, R. A. (2008). Information strategy & economics. Research Starters Business: Information Strategy & Economics, 1

Post 3

Mysteria, Class,

Good post, let’s discuss capacity flexibility.  Capacity flexibility, as defined by Jacobs and Chase, “means having the ability to rapidly increase or decrease production levels, or to shift production capacity quickly from one product or service to another” (p.112).  Looking at the housing recession in 2008, and most being forced to close facilities and lay off employees due to the lack of construction, flexibility became key for survival.  When business did start picking back up in 2011 and 2012, it became evident that those construction firms that shifted operations were able to handle the demand that was growing and that we were going to have to move to a second shift, but there still was great uncertainty of what the market was really going to do.  One strategy firm deployed as part of flexibility was instead of hiring full time employees, they would utilize subcontract labor employees alongside our full time employees and if the market tanked again, they would discontinue use of the labor from subcontractors.  Since 2012, firm who used this strategy have continued to utilize the subcontractors and still only employ enough employees to handle one shift and it has worked.  Not only did it allow these firms to grow capacity, but sustain ebb an flows of the marketplace.  What do you think, does you company use a similar strategy?

Cited Works:

Jacobs, F.R. & Chase, R.B. (2014). Operations and supply chain management (14th ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill

Course: OPS/571 Operations Management
School: University of Phoenix

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