Format: academic business report format.
Words: within a 4000 word limit, including graphs, tables, and references. (appendices are not included in the word count).
The purpose of this assignment is to develop research skills in terms of developing a research topic, finding supporting literature, analysing data, and reporting the results in an area that you have some experience in or simply like it.
This assignment comprises a literature review on the current issues on operations strategy and operations management of firms operating in a specific industry. At least 16 separate research reference sources of which 8 must be from academic sources would be expected. You can choose the specific industry which suits your interests, including (but not limited to) electronic, automotive, food, hospitality, retail and distribution, consulting, and health care.
The following questions could to be addressed:
-Problem analysis (200-400 words) (comprehensive analysis of the problem, the strategy, process or topic using appropriate data and frameworks; evidence of engagement with appropriate literature) (10%) What are the common strategic operations objectives of the organisations operating in the industry?
-Benchmarking analysis (200-400 words) (appropriate analysis of benchmarking and driving forces affecting the topics performance) (10%) Are there any driving forces or factor(s) that have affected the strategic choice of these organisations? (e.g. tariff cut, globalisation, new technology)
-Operations analysis (appx. 1500-2000 words excluding tables) (What are the major operations management techniques used by the company to realise the topics objectives, and how successful are they? e.g. supply chain network, inventory control, quality control, technology, workforce flexibility, capacity and demand management, etc.) Why or why aren&acirc;€™t the operations environmental sustainable. A comprehensive analysis using appropriate data and framework; evidence of engagement with appropriate literature) (35%) It would be interesting if you can find contrasting examples of companies which adopt different strategies and operations management practices whilst competing in one industry. You need to support your statement with examples drawn from empirical studies in the literature.
This assignment must be written in an academic business report format within a 4000 word limit, including graphs, tables, and references. (appendices are not included in the word count)
Please use Harvard style for the references.
Possible titles of your research:
-Supply chain management in the Australian Pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.
-JIT & Inventory control in the Australian car parts industry.
-Managing quality in the Australian Banking & Finance industry.
-Project management in ????? industries.
-Logistics in the ?????? industry.
-Changing hours of work in the ?????? industry.
-Make or Buy decisions in the ?????? industry.
-Rational to relocate manufacturing overseas.
-The operational effects of the introduction of the carbon tax
Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc. As long as it&acirc;€™s a real operations management problem.