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Discussion Questions

  1. What are some characteristics of operations management that make it a core business function?
  2. Explain the “transformation role” of operations management.
  3. Differentiate between the two categories of organizations.
  4. Cite examples of how operations management works in tandem with other business functions. How can poor operations management affect the entire supply chain?
  5. Define strategic decisions and tactical decisions. Which type of decision should an organization make first? Why is it important to start with one before the other?
  6. What is the difference between productivity and efficiency?
  7. What is the purpose of the production—or aggregate—plan?
  8. Detail the relationships among the critical planning processes.
  9. How should productivity be measured? Should all organizations/industries measure productivity the same way? Why or why not?
  10. How can carrying inventory protect against stockouts, balance supply/demand, and protect against uncertainty? What are the consequences of not carrying inventory?
  11. Explain how each inventory management system determines its order timing and its order quantity.
  12. How does the Pareto Law assist in ABC classification?
  13. VMI offers a vendor greater control over its products. How does VMI also help the customer?
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