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28 Part 1 • Operations Management

bribery and payoffs, and copyright and patent infringe- that you do not have and capitalizing on the competencies
ment. Transparency International at www.transparency.org that you do have.
publishes a bribery index by country. Report on which 1-19. What is the difference between an order winner and an
countries and industries are most susceptible to bribery. order qualifier? Tell how you have used the two concepts in
1-14. Ethics is easier when there are laws to fall back on. a purchasing decision.
Search the Internet for information on the Foreign Cor- 1-20. Discuss the requirements from an operations perspective of
rupt Practices Act. Briefly describe what it entails. Then competing on (a) quality, (b) cost, (c) flexibility, (d) speed,
find two companies that explicitly state a code of conduct (e) innovation, and (f) service. Give examples of manufac-
on their Web page, and in particular, reference the turing or service firms that successfully compete on each
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. How does each company of the criteria listed.
approach the issue? 1-21. What role should operations play in corporate strategy?
1-15. Gather mission or vision statements from four different com- 1-22. Name several strategic decisions that involve operations
panies. What do they tell you about the organizations? Is and supply chain management.
their mission or vision reflected in the way they do business? 1-23. Why do companies need policy deployment? What does
1-16. List and explain the five steps of strategy formulation. Fol- it do?
low the steps to outline a strategy for a company or organi- 1-24. What is the balanced scorecard? How does it relate
zation with which you are familiar. to operations?
1-17. Explain the concept of core competencies in your own 1-25. Examine the annual reports of a company of your choosing
words. Provide examples of a core competency for a bank, over three years. Use quotes from the reports to describe the
a retail store, and an auto manufacturer. company’s overall strategy and its specific goals each year.
1-18. What is your core competency? Make a list of the core com- How well do you think the company deploys its strategy?
petencies you will need to compete successfully in the job 1-26. Use either policy deployment or a balanced scorecard to
market. Design a strategy for developing the competencies map out a personal strategy for your future.

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PROBLEMS

1-1. Tried and True Clothing has opened four new stores in col- 1-4. It is time for the annual performance review of Go-Com’s
lege towns across the state. Data on monthly sales volume account executives. Account values and hours spent each
and labor hours are given below. Which store location has week acquiring and servicing accounts are shown below.
the highest labor productivity? Each agent works approximately 45 weeks out of the year,
but the time spent on accounts each week differs consider-
ably. How would you rate the performance of each individ-
Store Annandale Blacksburg Charlottesville Danville
ual? Which agent is most productive? Which agents show
Sales volume $40,000 $12,000 $60,000 $25,000
the most potential?
Labor hours 250 60 500 200

Agents Albert Bates Cressey Duong


1-2. Tried and True’s accountant (from Problem 1-1) suggests
that monthly rent and hourly wage rate also be factored New accounts $100,000 $40,000 $80,000 $200,000
into the productivity calculations. Annandale pays the Existing accounts $40,000 $40,000 $150,000 $100,000
highest average wage at $6.75 an hour. Blacksburg pays Labor hours 40 20 60 80
$6.50 an hour, Charlottesville $6, and Danville $5.50. The
cost to rent store space is $1800 a month in Annandale, 1-5. The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects input and output
$2000 a month in Blacksburg, $1200 a month in Char- data from various countries for comparison purposes.
lottesville, and $800 a month in Danville. Labor hours are the standard measure of input. Calculate
a. Which store is most productive? the output per hour from the following data. Which country
b. Tried and True is not sure it can keep all four stores open. is most productive?
Based on multifactor productivity, which store would you
close? What other factors should be considered?
1-3. At last year’s bass tournament, Jim caught 12 bass in a Labor Hours Units of Output
four-hour period. This year he caught 15 in a six-hour pe- United States 89.5 136
riod. In which year was he most productive? If the average Germany 83.6 100
size of the bass last year was 20 lb and the average size this Japan 72.7 102
year was 25 lb, would your decision change?
Chapter 1 • Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management 29

1-6. Omar Industries maintains production facilities in several lo- a. Calculate the multifactor productivity for each center.
cations around the globe. Average monthly cost data and out- b. Workers in Center 1 are scheduled to receive a 10% pay
put levels are as follows. raise next month. How will that affect productivity?
a. Calculate the labor productivity of each facility. c. A new processing machine is available for Center 3
b. Calculate the multifactor productivity of each facility. that would increase the output to 5000 pieces an hour at
c. If Omar needed to close one of the plants, which one an additional overhead rate of $30 an hour. Should
would you choose? Merrifield install the new processing machine?
1-10. Posey Ceramics makes ceramic vases for a chain of de-
partment stores. The output and cost figures over the past
Units (in 000s) Cincinnati Frankfurt Guadalajara Beijing four weeks are shown here. Labor costs $10 an hour, and
Finished goods 10,000 12,000 5,000 8,000 materials are $4 a pound. Calculate the (a) labor produc-
Work-in-process 1,000 2,200 3,000 6,000 tivity (in hrs), (b) material productivity (in lbs), and (c)
multifactor productivity for each week. Comment on the
results.

Costs (in 000s) Cincinnati Frankfurt Guadalajara Beijing


Labor costs $3,500 $4,200 $2,500 $800
Week 1 2 3 4
Material costs $3,500 $3,000 $2,000 $2,500
Units of output 2000 4000 5000 7000
Energy costs $1,000 $1,500 $1,200 $800
No. of workers 4 4 5 6
Transportation costs $250 $2,500 $2,000 $5,000
Hours per week per worker 40 48 56 70
Overhead costs $1,200 $3,000 $2,500 $500
Material (lbs) 286 570 720 1000

1-7. Rushing yardage for three Heisman Trophy candidates is


1-11. Jake and his friends sell newspaper ads for the Campus
given below. Which candidate is the most productive run-
Times to supplement their income each year. From the data
ning back? How did you measure productivity?
below, determine which person is the most productive.

Candidates Hall Walker Dayne


Rushing yards 2110 3623 6925
Jake Josh Jennifer John
No. of carries 105 875 1186
No. ads sold 100 50 200 35
No. of touchdowns 15 20 70
No. hours spent 40 15 85 10

1-8. Carpet City recorded the following data on carpet installa-


tions over the past week. Use the data to calculate the average 1-12. Nicholas is the facilities manager for Green Market Gro-
rate (in yards per hour) at which carpet can be installed. ceries. The store is remodeling and wants to determine
which brand of freezer to use for its frozen goods section.
The freezers vary by size, cabinet type, accessibility, re-
Installation 1 2 3 frigerant, and interliner. These variables affect both the
Square yards 1225 1435 2500 purchase cost and the operating cost (e.g., energy con-
No. of workers 4 3 5 sumption) of each freezer. Currently, the cost of energy per
No. of hours per worker 3 5 6 kilowatt hour (kwh) is $0.10. Green Market expenses capi-
tal purchases over a three-year period. Given the cost and
capacity data below, calculate the “productivity” (i.e., the
cubic feet of freezer space per dollar) for each freezer
1-9. Merrifield Post Office is evaluating the productivity of its
alternative. Which freezer brand would you recommend to
mail processing centers. The centers differ in the degree of
Nicholas?
automation, the type of work that can be performed, and
the skill of the workers.

Alaskan Brr Cold Deep


Center 1 2 3 Seal Frost Case Freeze
Pieces processed/hr 1000 2000 3000 Purchase cost $3270 $4000 $4452 $5450
No. of workers/hr 10 5 2 Daily energy consumption 3.61 3.88 6.68 29.07
Hourly wage rate $5.50 $10 $12 (kwh)
Overhead rate/hr $10 $25 $50 Volume (cu ft) 25 35 49 72

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