Case Study : Nissan 's Operation Management

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After the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami that hit Japan, Nissan was able to recover faster than other leading automobile manufactures, such as Toyota and Honda. Nissan was able to recover so quickly because the company had a crisis plan already in place, which involved international connections, relationships and deals with suppliers. In this essay, Nissan’s operation management functions will be discussed, in addition to the critical path method (CPM) and the program evaluation and review technique (PERT) and how these methods can be fused with the company’s project management. Nissan uses many operation management functions in their business, which includes: planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling (Heizer, 3, 4). Nissan’s main operation management function is producing automobiles. The automobile industry is very competitive, so it takes more than just then producing automobiles to be considered a successful corporation. Nissan has shown that it understands the need to continually adjust the design of its auto line, to stay in synch with technology. Furthermore, when a catastrophic event happens, such as the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami that hit Japan, Nissan had pre-planned how it would handle the devastation, while avoiding severe economic losses. Nissan’s recovery plan began with their decentralized supply chain structure. Nissan instilled an organized system of a centralized supply chain, which allowed them to maintain centralized control of their
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