Materials Planning


At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Wednesday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation.

The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.

You drop in at a lunchtime discussion among several of the manufacturing supervisors. Most of them have been around for years. They have been discussing how their own performance evaluation criteria may change with the transition to more modern techniques of operations and inventory control.

They turn to you and ask for your opinions on these topics, which are near and dear to them.

  • What is your understanding of the traditional measures of operational performance? 
    • include which traditional measures each of the following managers would be held responsible for: 
      • manufacturing supervisors
      • purchasing agents
      • schedulers 
  • Most importantly, they asked you to identify the following: 
    • typical metrics to use with the new system
    • what you believe would be reasonable goals for each of the following managers: 
      • manufacturing supervisors
      • purchasing agents
      • schedulers
    • 7 years ago
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