Rio Bravo Iv Essay

4235 Words Feb 10th, 2014 17 Pages
Executive Summary:

The report of the plant manager for RIO BRAVO IV, a subsidiary of Packed Electrical a division of General Motors identifies mistakes made by top management. These mistakes clearly indicate top management failure to use project management principles in starting up a new manufacturing branch. It also points out the learning outcomes when good efforts are placed at the right places and with the right human talent employed. In the new economy organizations have to focus on the customer, environment and its resources and change their approach in doing business (paradigm shift). Senior management has to give clear goals and utilize the Total Quality Management (TQM) philosophy.
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There is no clear operational strategy. The end performance which was a result of TQM is clear proof that with good management decisions organisation can become a Centre of excellence. At the end, this factory was a top performer. Management need to do things right first time. There was need to carry out the feasibility study on the location of the factory and know the customer, so as to be able to address the diversity issues.

Case Background:

Rio Bravo IV Electicos is a newly established subsidiary as a part of the Packard Electric, a division of General Motors to expand and be a world leader in their sot of business. It was established to carryout production in Northern Mexico where there were some Packard facilities in operation. A new management team was appointed to take the new plant from ground zero to a quality manufacturing company and the initial customer was one of Packard’s biggest clients. All of the managers came from a different background than the positions they currently held. This posed great challenges as the newly appointed management team had little experience in this nature of business. Their customer New United Motor Manufacturing Incorporated (NUMMI) demanded high quality products, in precise quantities, at specific hours of the day, to the correct location and at an acceptable price. We then see challenges when the samples of initial…

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