ISCOM 473 WEEK 2 LEARNING TEAM ASSIGNMENT PROCUREMENT STRATEGIES
July 6, 2015 | By benson |
With your instructors approval, select an organization in which you identify and examine the customer (both internal and external to the organization), as well as the organization's procurement expectations. Prepare a 350-700-word review in which the team assesses how these expectations influence and impact procurement strategies, policies, and procedures (both in the domestic and global arenas) within the supply chain of the chosen organization. Describe and diagram each step of the procurement process within your selected organization. Procurement Strategies Presentation Prepare 8-10 Microsoft PowerPoint® slide presentation with detailed speaker’s notes presenting your procurement strategies.
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Prepare a 6-to 8-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with speaker notes illustrating the three phases of the project. Include a flowchart illustrating the supply chain.
Write a 3,500- to 4,200-word paper in which you address and complete the following three phases: • Phase 1: Using the Learning Team business model implementation plan, design a detailed supply chain process flow diagram for Riordan. The process flow diagram must be accompanied by a 1-page explanation of the flow, which includes: o Estimate the cycle times of each step in the process flow. o Estimate over-capacity of the new bottles. o What type of leadership skills—authoritative or participatory—need to be employed to successfully implement the plan? Provide examples of a leader’s behavior given the style chosen. o Determine the appropriate metrics to utilize to determine success. • Phase 2: Several months have passed since the implementation of the new bottle production. Riordan Manufacturing has found that demand is increasing on this new bottle, and their domestic plastic molding facility is limited by capacity. They have just purchased a plastic molding plant in Hermasillo, Mexico. Your team has been instructed by the CEO to manufacture the new bottles in that plant. o The customer has advised that they want this product delivered to Howard Beach, NY, and Vancouver, BC. o Explain how this change will affect your supply chain, customer satisfaction, and competition. o Diagnose any problems and opportunities for improvement in the supply chain, given this change. Your diagnosis must include the following criteria: • Identify any necessary changes for the new facility and the new customer destination. • Solution to the change or problem • Ethical considerations • Technology considerations • E-business considerations o Provide examples of additional leadership skills that need to be employed to successfully implement this change. o Identify metrics to measure the effectiveness of this change on the supply chain. Will the existing metrics apply? Provide examples. o Explain the importance of the chosen metrics. o How do these measurements help ensure competitive advantage? What actions would be taken based on an undesirable metric? • Phase 3: Forecast the trends that could affect Riordan Manufacturing’s supply chain design, both domestically and internationally. Consider strategic and tactical trends. What effect would these trends have on the company’s future supply chain changes? Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Describe products that are truly global. Describe what organizations that deliver global products do regionally within their business to ensure regional business.
How can a company identify current trends in an industry? What tools can an organization use to differentiate between long-term trends and short-term fads? How can an organization know when to follow a new trend in the industry?
Complete the Dell Inc.: Improving the Flexibility of the Desktop PC Supply Chain case located at the end of Ch. 6 in the text. Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you respond to the Dell case study and answer the following questions: • Why does L5 incur higher manufacturing and logistics costs than L6? Identify costs incurred by L5 and not by L6. Identify any costs incurred to only L6 and not L5. • Which of the six proposed manufacturing solutions should Dell implement based on survey results (Fig. 6-1)? Why? What are the pros and cons of this recommendation? • What would you do if the chipset supply shortage further deteriorated? • How good is the methodology employed by the Business Process Improvement (BPI) team to determine the optimum manufacturing option for Dell? Are there more effective approaches? • What changes need to be made in the supply chain for Dell to effectively address the root causes contributing to the increase of L5 manufacturing? What would be the effect of these changes? • What have you learned from this case study that you would be able to apply in an organization where you have previously worked or currently work? Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
How are leadership skills different from management skills? How are they the same? How may management skills differ along the supply chain? What skills are equally important throughout?
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Complete the Meditech Surgical case study located at the end of Ch. 1 in the text. Writea 700- to 1,050-word paper with complete responses to the four questions at the endof the case. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Imagine that you just found out that a family member of your buyer received an expensive gift from one of Riordan’s suppliers. What actions are you going to take? Is it ethical for the family member to keep the gift? Why or why not? What potential issues may arise from this situation?
What was one problem identified in the Riordan supply chain? What is the root cause of this problem? What steps can be taken to ensure that the problem does not reoccur?
Write a 700- to 1,050-wordexecutive summary for Riordan’s executive management team with respect to the supply chain required for manufacturing the new perfume bottles. Consider the following: • Riordan has completed a high-level strategic business initiative to leverage their supply chain as a competitive advantage to improve customer satisfaction. • Riordan performed a market analysis and decided to create a new line of bottles. This new line consists of plastic perfume bottles with an unusual design. Riordan’s management team has completed a business model design and financial analysis of the new line of bottles and is ready for the next phase of the business model process: the business model implementation plan. The Learning Team represents Riordan’s supply chain team and is responsible for completing the business model implementation plan. Using the provided Business Model Implementation Plan Checklist, write an executive summary to Riordan’s executive management team for the new bottles. Include any additional items that may concern Riordan and document all assumptions
What are the basic process steps for designing a supply chain? Is the order of the process steps important? Why or why not? How can you tell if the process is meeting your performance requirements?
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Is your supply chain collaborating with other organizations? Why or why not? What benefits do they get from these collaborations? What are some potential risks associated with these collaborations?
What is competitive advantage? How can the supply chain affect competitive advantage? What competitive advantage opportunities does the supply chain in your organization underutilize?