Intro to Business: 10:00am
Chapter 9 progress assessment questions
1.What have U.S manufactures done to regain a competitive edge? For manufactures to gain a competitive edge they had to emphasized the following: focusing on customers, maintaining close relationship with suppliers and others companies to satisfy customer needs, practicing continuous improvement, focusing on quality, saving on cost through site selection, relying on the Internet to unite companies, adopting new production techniques such as enterprise resources planning, computer integrated manufacturing, flexible manufacturing, and lean manufacturing. 2.What must U.S. companies do to continue to strengthen the country’s manufacturing base? According to David Audresch, “You’re not going to be able to compete on price. You’re going to have to live off having a new idea that other companies around the globe don’t have”. Also according to Wall Street Journal,” when an innovation is found, the US entrepreneurial spirit is quick to develop, produce and market it, creating new jobs revenue”. 3.What lead to the focus on operations managements rather than production? To reflect the changed in importance from manufacturing to services, the term production often has been replaced by operations to reflect both goods and services production. Because production management is the term to describe all the activities managers do to help their create goods, while operations management is a specialization area in management that converts or transform resources into goods and services. 4.What is form utility?
Form utility is the value added by the creation of finished goods and services, such as the value added by taking silicon and making computer chips or putting services together to create a vacation package. 5.Define and differentiate the following: process manufacturing, assembly process, continuous process, and intermittent process? Process...