Toyota Problem Statemeny Essay

970 Words Dec 25th, 2012 4 Pages
Refined Problem Statement

Jeremy M. Cernaloger
MBA 6022
Strategic Operations Management

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Abstract

Processes need to be constantly analyzed in order to see if they are operating at full potential. The Toyota Production System (TPS) is one of the most effective processes in the world but it was not fully integrated into foreign market plants. Following is a refined problem statement elaborating on the prior one: The TPS process is not fully in place in all plants across all markets. A fishbone diagram and a flowchart have been provided in order to get to the root of the problem and
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“The efficiency improvements, caused by better logistics systems and a quality focus, resulting in significant cost savings, became standard practices in many Japanese and non-Japanese companies” (Greto, Schotter, and Teagarden, 2012, p. 4). One of the main issues that Toyota faces today is not with the TPS process itself but with the implementation, roll-out process, assurance of use, and quality control of the process. In fact, TPS is “widely recognized as the most efficient manufacturing system in the world” (Russell & Taylor, 2011, p. 721). Toyota’s foreign plants need to fully embrace and implement the TPS process. Plants in the United States need to embrace TPS to help recover and restore faith in the company after the recall-crises of the past several years.

Toyota can benefit significantly and avert future organizational disasters by fully implementing the TPS process in foreign plants. A fishbone diagram can help in the development of a process improvement plan because it outlays key causes that have lead to the effect or problem. A flowchart can be utilized to help layout the new process plan because it shows the order in which communication will be relayed and how the data reporting system and quality control system will be functioning. No flowchart showing prior process procedure could be created because TPS was never fully integrated into foreign