Operations Finance Marketing Functional Areas of the Firm
Time Horizons for Decisions 1. Long Term Decisions 2. Intermediate Term Decisions 3. Short Term Decisions
The Elements of Production and Operations Strategy
History of POM Early years of the Industrial Revolution 1780-1890 –Shift from low-volume production to large scale operations Mass Production 1890-1920 –Concept of the assembly line –Frederick Taylor champions the idea of scientific management –The first IE Golden Age of IE 1920-1960 –Operations Research and IE influence industry –Inventory control, quality control, scheduling
History of POM 1960-1990 –Sophisticated concepts: Quality Circles, JIT –US companies lose competitive edge 1990-today –Supply chain management –New technologies: internet, wireless, RFID
How Do Firms Differentiate Themselves from Competitors? Low Cost Leaders: Some examples include High Quality (and price) Leaders. Ex:
A First Operations Model: Capacity Strategy Fundamental issues: –Amount. When adding capacity, what is the optimal amount to add? Too little Too much –Timing. What is the optimal time between adding new capacity? –Type. Level of flexibility, automation, layout, process, level of customization, outsourcing, etc.
Three Approaches to Capacity Strategy Policy A : Try not to run short. Here capacity must lead demand, so on average there will be excess capacity. Policy B : Build to forecast. Capacity additions should be timed so that the firm has excess capacity half the time and is short half the time. Policy C : Maximize capacity utilization. Capacity additions lag demand, so that average demand is never met.
Determinants of Capacity Strategy Highly competitive industries (commodities, large number of suppliers, limited functional difference in products, time sensitive customers) – here shortages are very costly. Monopolistic environment where manufacturer has power over the industry: (Intel, Lockheed/Martin). Products that obsolete quickly, such as computer products. Want type C policy, but in competitive industry, such as computers, you will be gone if you cannot meet customer demand. Need best of both worlds: Dell Computer.
Mathematical Model for Timing of Capacity Additions (Capacity leads demand) Let D = Annual Increase in Demand x = Time interval between adding capacity r = annual discount rate (compounded continuously) f(y) = Cost of expanding by capacity y
Mathematical Model (continued) A typical form for the cost function f(y) is: Where k is a constant of proportionality, and a measures the ratio of incremental to average cost of a unit of plant capacity.
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