Problems in the Computer Assembly Division

CASE STUDY #3

Problems in the Computer Assembly Division

You are in charge of a five person operation responsible for assembling personal computers for a small computer manufacturing firm located in the southeast. As the assembly unit supervisor, your production goals include assembling 80 personal computers per day and ensuring 95 percent of these computers pass the operational inspection of the quality assurance unit. To meet these goals, you coordinate and plan the work of your five subordinates and ensure they have the training and materials needed to get the job done. To maximize efficiency, you have organized the tasks performed by the group members along functional lines. Fred is responsible for assembling all of the hard drives for the unit. Fred is a retired Army sergeant with 16 years of electronics experience, is a hard worker, and has been assembling hard drives for six years. Bill assembles the CD ROM and floppy drives. Bill recently completed an electronics degree from a local technical school and this is his first full time job. He is 20 years old and has been working in the assembly unit for a year. Sherry assembles the mother boards. She is a single mother with two children and will be completing her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in three months. She has been with the assembly unit for four years and has been an outstanding employee. Julie does the final assembly, and has only been with the assembly unit for six months. Julie is 22 years old and her sister is married to the owner of the company. Morgan has five years of experience working in the company’s parts supply section. He attended the company’s operational inspection course and transferred over to your unit six months ago. Although he has no electronics experience beyond the operational inspection course, he performs all of the unit’s final operational inspections before the computers are shipped to the quality assurance unit. Partly through your training and coordination skills, the assembly unit has been able to meet all production and quality goals set over the past year. However, given the events of the past few weeks, you are uncertain whether you will be able to meet this quarter’s production goals.

Over the past several weeks you have noticed your work group has only been assembling an average of 62 computers per day, and 15 percent of the computers assembled have been returned to the assembly unit for failing to meet quality assurance standards. Julie has privately complained to you that she cannot complete the final assembly of the computers because Fred has been doing a very slow and shoddy job assembling the hard drives. When you confront Fred with this problem, he states he is having a difficult time getting reliable parts from the supply department. Some of the parts he receives are out of specs, and rather than waiting four hours for supply to bring new parts, he repairs the parts himself before using them in the hard drives. He also states the production problem has more to do with Julie doing very little but talking to Morgan for the first two hours every morning and then working hard for the next six to see if she can make the unit’s daily production goal. Fred also stated Julie seemed very bored with her job and she may have resorted to this work tactic to make her job more challenging. You have also noticed Morgan has been coming to work late and Bill has been taking longer lunch hours than permitted over the past four weeks. When you confront Morgan and Bill about their tardiness, Morgan stated he and Bill always stay late to make up their time, and coming to work late was not a big deal in the supply department and shouldn’t be one for the assembly unit. Additionally, everyone in the work unit seems to be fairly angry because you gave Morgan several days off to attend his high school class reunion (even though he spends the first two hours talking to Julie, comes to work late, and the unit is not meeting production goals) and because the owner recently singled out Julie for her outstanding performance by giving her a five percent pay hike for helping the assembly unit meet its performance goals for the first half of the year. You have noticed the level of cohesion and communication in the work group has taken a substantial drop recently. Morgan, Julie, and Bill seem to be talking to each other but not to anyone else.

Fred seems to be keeping to himself more than usual, and Sherry has told you she wants to leave the company because of all the infighting in the assembly unit. You know Sherry is serious about leaving the unit and has been interviewing with one of your competitors across town.

The owner has become concerned with both the performance and the morale of your work unit, and you are to meet with him this afternoon to discuss these problems. You know he is a man of action and will want to see a specific plan for improving both the unit’s morale and performance. Moreover, because the firm operates on a low profit margin, you know if you do not get results in the next few months then you may be looking for another job. What will you do?

Reference: Hughes (2015)

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Include executive summary, statement of the problem, causes of the problem, decision criteria and potential solutions, recommend solution, external sourcing and use APA format.

Writing Requirements

APA format, 2 pages for each question

Use the APA template located in the Student Resource Center to complete the assignment.

introduction paragraph

abstract paragraph

main case study 2 pages each question (Mandatory)

conclusion paragraph

references

no plagiarism

APA including (page numbers/ margins /header footer / title etc….)

 
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Sex and Gender Discrimination

  1. What is the role of socialization in women’s and men’s “choice” of occupations and how do these relationships affect sex segregation and the wage gap?
  2. List at least two specific individual and organizational steps that could help reduce sex segregation?  What can individual women do to reduce the influence of sex and gender discrimination on their careers?
  3. How are the participation rates, workplace experiences, income, occupations, and poverty of white women and women of color similar and dissimilar?
 
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Assignment – 5 – Business Contingency Plan & Disaster Recovery Plan

As a security manager or administrator of a fictitious company, write a Security Plan Proposal as a project document with the formats in the bullet points below.

You are fully aware that information security plays a critical role in the business continuity plan. Describe with examples, the various layers of security that are critical to your security plan policy.

Ensure your citations and references adhere to the APA format. Add Cover page and Table of contents and assignment should be around 450-500 words

 
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Case study: Operations Management

Questions to be addressed only in the Methods for determining solutions part in the analysis:

  1. What is an IPO?
  2. What does an owner give up when he/she goes public?
  3. In the case of Banyan Tree- what is the main conflict between running the company as a private company and going public?
  4. How does CSR play into the decision?
  5. Go public or not?

I ONLY NEED TO ADRESS TWO PARTS OF THE CASE STUDY THE METHODS FOR DETERMINING SOLUTIONS AND FINAL SOLUTION

 
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Wk5 DQ1_ BUS 550

Two bonds A and B have the same credit rating, the same par value and the same coupon rate. Bond A has 30 years to maturity and bond B has 5 years to maturity.

– Discuss which bond will trade at a higher price in the market

– Discuss what happens to the market price of each bond if the interest rates in the economy go up.

– Which bond would have a higher percentage price change if interest rates go up?

– Try to substantiate your argument with a numerical example.

As a bond investor, if you expect a slowdown in the economy over the next 12 months, what would be your investment strategy?

Provide your explanations and definitions in detail and be precise. Comment on your findings. Provide references for content when necessary. Provide your work in detail and explain in your own words. Support your statements with peer-reviewed in-text citation(s) and reference(s).

 
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Ethical dilemma

This paper requires the student to justify their actions when faced with an ethical dilemma. Choose one of the following ethical dilemmas and reflect upon what you would do if you were the researcher.

1. You are interviewing college women who are anorexic, but whose anorexia is no longer active, about their schooling experiences. You have arranged to interview each of your participants at least five times over two consecutive semesters. During the third interview with one participant, just after the winter holidays, you begin to suspect that her anorexia is active again because of her obvious weight loss and a few of her comments. When you ask her how her health is, she replies that she is feeling great. What do you do?

2. You are working on an intellectual biography of a well-respected police chief. Most of your interviews are with the chief who has obviously consented to your request to compose an intellectual biography, including some attention to his formative years. You are reading all of his published works and interviewing some family members as well as significant colleagues. In the process, you uncover some potentially damaging or, at the least, unflattering information about his private life. What do you do?

3. You are inquiring into a refugee resettlement program in a small southern city, with particular interest in educational aspects and community involvement. Through development of rapport and time spent volunteering with the program, you begin to learn how an early immigrant is seemingly taking financial advantage of recent refugees. He is charging for information and services that should be provided through the settlement program and people are going to him, rather than trying to get their needs met through the program. You want to protect the new refugees from exploitation and to report the behavior of the earlier immigrant, yet you also worry that perhaps you don’t fully understand what is happening culturally. What do you do?

Write on the potential ethical issues that might arise during the study you choose. What can you do to minimize their potential? What would you do if faced with your ethical concerns?

Assignment Specifics:

· Student will write a 10-12 paper (choose from one of the three)

· Citations from 10 scholarly sources

· Citations from any of the required reading/presentations from the assigned module

· APA format

 
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