Case Study in Systems and Operations Management
Analysis and evaluation of systems and operations management
By applying the systems-level hierarchy and by the 4v's topology, one can evaluate and analyse systems and operation management system. An illustration is as follows.
Sale of stationery and office supplies
Issues of operation
Range of products
Technology and IT
Purchasing and supplies
The 4v's topology
Low volume high
High variety low
High variation on demand low
High visibility low
Explanations of the topologies and structure
For good management of systems and operations, there is the creation of a goal where in the case study; the goal is to sell different types of office supplies and also stationery to organisations, businesses and individual people in need of the stationery. Outlining the goal helps to get a sneak preview of what the business is to look like.
This helps develop a management system that suits the goal. After Lachlan, the inventor of the Atokowa business got a goal; he was able to decide on the requirements so as to put his goal into play. He thus bought a printing machine, which was reproducing copies for many organisations in the region. As the business grew, more outlets came to being. Thus, the goal was to make the organisation a one-stop stationery shop (Bocji, 2008).
After setting up a goal, a criterion for accomplishing the goal is the next crucial step in a management system. The criteria in use can follow an illustration from the case under study.
Division into operational units.
There is a division of the organisation into retail outlets; in the case, each retail shop had its own stock control system, the system becomes...