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Everyone agrees that businesses in both manufacturing and service sector currently face global challenges to manage their operations.

Task 1 – International Operations Analysis (Max 1,000 words) (40% Mark)

Everyone agrees that businesses in both manufacturing and service sector currently face global challenges to manage their operations. You are a global operations management analyst and will critically evaluate the global challenges that an international organisation faces with in relation to meeting cost efficiency, global access, greener operations, and highest possible level of quality of product and services. You are expected to select ONE organisation of your choice from one of the following sectors listed below and critically evaluatethe current issues, challenges and expected future of their operations to meet the above objectives.

Your critical evaluation MUST underpin an integrated approach towards all of these objectives to analyse the benefits and challenges in an integrated approach. You are expected to critically evaluate the internal operations, supply chain and logistics network of this organisation pinpointing the current issues and challenges and RECOMMEND some suitable strategies, or tools to meet above objectives in a hybrid approach. These strategies, theories or tools are expected to be critically analysed to promote a top quality, responsive, efficient and green organisation.

The critical analysis includes underpinning theories and strategies extracted from sufficient up to date peer reviewed academic journal articles as theoretical background and analysing real world examples and cases (including but not limited to the organisation of your choice). The theories and strategies must be referred but not limited to those that have already been taught during this semester

Agri-food – The organisation should be producer, processor or retailer

Automotive – The organisation should be a car manufacturer

Fashion/Textile – The organisation should be a retailer

Technology - The organisation should be a retailer

Logistics – The organisation should be a parcel delivery or distributor

Task 2 – Future challenges  (Max 750 words) (20% Mark)

You assume that you are going to be a junior operations manager in a manufacturing organisationwith global networking (this may be the one that you have selected in task 1 or may be different one) and are faced with number of different challenges that need to overcome using appropriate set(s) of solutions. You are faced with number of different challenges. There are a range of possible solutions for each of the challenges (see table). You need to select ONLY ONE of the challenges and identify the more appropriate solution(s) for this challenge (see table).  You are expected to critically analyse the challenge as a contemporary issue in current global environment and also evaluate the role of as many of these solutions as possible. This means considering the possible synergies and trade - offs between solutions and also WHY you believe they are the right solutions. These solutions come in different formats as philosophy, strategy, tool or technique that are presented in the following table. 

The critical evaluation includes underpinning theories and strategies extracted from sufficient up to date peer reviewed academic journal articles as theoretical background and analysing real world examples and cases (including but not limited to the organisation of your choice). The theories and strategies must be referred but not limited to those that have already been taught during this semester.

Challenge (select only one)

Solutions

Having a global, green and cost efficient operation

Innovation, Total Quality Management, Collaboration, Benchmarking, Six Sigma, Lean, Three Dimensional Sustainability, Postponement, Outsourcing, re-shoring, Inventory Management, Statistical Process Control, Accurate Forecasting, Supplier Development, Locations Decision Making

Moving towards zero defect global production and service

 

 

Brexit and a competitive global supply chain

 

 

Customised and cheap product and service

 

 


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