Supply Chain, Lean Thinking, New Product Development

Supply Chain, Lean Thinking, New Product Development

You are required to focus on a specific field (i.e. Supply Chain, Lean Thinking, New Product Development etc.) and apply this field to a business or case study. You should clearly demonstrate how and where this application could assist the Management of Operations and Logistics Management. Your business or case study may be either a service or manufacturing, and you must clearly demonstrate the benefits of application and implementation from an international perspective.

It is imperative within your discussion that you clearly address the following points:

• Conduct and critique a systems analysis of operational activities within your chosen field and case scope

• Apply and critically evaluate analytical tools, techniques, methods and processes to describe operational processes.

• Critically evaluate the positive and negative attributes associated with the field in relation to the chosen case.

• Explore and analyse the gap between evaluation and implementation of operational and business process improvement.

• Analyse multidimensional operational issues and apply techniques that could assist in either resolving or significantly reducing problematic operational issues within your chosen field and case scope.

• Draw key conclusions from your assignment, that discuss the extent your business or case study has achieved alignment between both its performance objectives, and the configuration of its logistical and operational processes in addressing your assignment aim.

Your assignment should be in a report format, being clearly structured using headings, sub-headings etc. You should include an executive summary (300 words maximum) at the beginning of the report, however, this is not included in your word count. Your assignment should be presented using Times New Roman (TNR) 12 font, 1.5 line spacing, and it should be approximately 5,000 (+/- 10%) words in length. Your word count is from the introduction to conclusion sections.

You must endeavour to use theory explicitly at all stages, but do not spend time describing a theory. While you must be explicit about the theories, models, etc. that you use, you can assume that the reader is familiar with them. What the reader does want, is clear evidence of your ability to understand and critically apply the theory, in order to support the development of your findings and/or ideas in relation to testing your assignment aim.