Operations Management

3430 Words Sep 9th, 2008 14 Pages
Introduction

I: The Campus Wedding (A) & (B) In the case of the Adams-Jackson wedding, the concern was being able to put together a wedding with such limited time (approximately 3 weeks). In operations management, coordinating activities to come together is one thing; another aspect is finding how long this will take is another. In project management, the planning, directing and controlling resources to meet the technical, cost, and time constraints of a project are crucial to success! Some of the tools used to determine these constraints include networking and determining the critical path of a project, which is the sequence of activities that forms the longest chain in terms of time to complete. Not until these sequences have been
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In 1957, DuPont developed the project management method that was to become the critical path method (CPM). As seen in the case of The Campus Wedding, by utilizing the CPM, managers are able to take a closer look to the complexities of a project and their timelines. The CPM provides some excellent benefits, which include an easy to read graphical view of a project. It also predicts the time required to complete the project, and illustrates which activities, specifically, are critical to maintaining the schedule and which are not. This is useful in operations management because it provides valuable insight to see if, or whether a project will be completed on time and what may occur if there are delays.
II: Shouldice Hospital (Canada) – A Cut Above In the case of Shouldice Hospital we discover the complexities involved in supply chain design and strategic capacity management. Capacity management is complex, and according to Chase, Jacobs, and Aquilano, “factors to be taken into account in selecting capacity additions include the likely effects of economies of scale, the effects of experience curves, the impact of changing facility focus and balance among production stages, and the degree of flexibility of facilities and the workforce.” In the case of Shouldice Hospital, determining whether to increase capacity is tricky. On one hand, adding additional capacity to meet
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