ABC STEEL COMPANY
• Mr. Robert, the newly appointed Shop Manager of ABC Steel Company. The company had placed Mr. Robert in charge of all shop operations.
• On weekend to complete a number of unfinished jobs.
I. PROBLEM STATEMENT
• How to work out backlogs efficiently?
II. STATEMENT OF THE OBJECTIVE
• To make production and delivery dates realistic
• To improve working behavior of employees
III. AREAS OF CONSIDERATION
• ABC Company was one of the country’s largest producers of fabricated steel products. The company fabricated and installed storage tanks, mine and cane car bodies, dump bodies, boats and many types of structural steel. There were 200 workers in the shop reporting directly to leadmen who reported to Bay Supervisors. Bays were a separate section of the plant wherein all the fabrication activities were carried on. There are five Bay supervisors reporting directly to the Shop Manager. Most work orders were started and completed in one bay; less than 20% of the production work flowed from one bay to another.
Factors which are not clear or not specifically stated in the case but need to be clarified can be stated as assumptions to limit the analysis.
V. ALTERNATIVE COURSE OF ACTION
These are the possible solutions to the problem identified. Each ACA must stand alone and must be able to solve the stated problem and achieve the objectives. Each ACA must be mutually exclusive, I.e., the student must choose an ACA to the exclusion of the others. Each ACA must be analyzed in the light of the SWOT analysis and assumptions, if there are any. Advantages and disadvantages of each ACA should be clearly stated. If the case contains enough information/data, advantages and disadvantages should be supported quantitatively to minimize bias.
Based on the analysis of the ACAs, the...