Operations Improvements

The Brief Compile and write a formal technical report, using an appropriate format and Harvard referencing as indicated in the corresponding tutorial lecture, covering the following:
1. From a company of your choice , identify its operations performance objectives , and then discuss the internal and external benefits that derive from excelling in each performance objective. ( You may need to infer these by assessing its performance in the five operations performance objectives (e.g. cost, quality, speed, dependability and flexibility) (15%)
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2. SPAD Ltd is a company specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of signalling equipment for use in th e rail industry. Unfortunately, SPAD has noticed a significant downturn in demand for its products and services in recent years. This seemed to be due to a significant increase in competition in this area of the industry. As a result, senior management initiated a benchmarking study of its competitors and the results were quite alarming. The findings were as follows:
? Cost – Although few direct details of cost were revealed it was clear that competitors had lower costs. They were installing their equipment at a cost to the customer which was lower than the cost of manufacture at SPAD Ltd for similar equipment.
? Quality – The manufacturing and installation process at SPAD Ltd was producing ten times as many mistakes as that of its competitors. ? Late deliveries – SPAD Ltd noticed a decline in delivery reliability and increased levels of inventory whereas its competitors deliver their goods and services on time.
? Manufacturing Processes – The loopholes in SPAD’s manufacturing processes turned into major problems such as raw materials shortage, part shortage and productivity inefficiencies associated with the recent recruitment of new employees. This resulted in a serious disruption of process flows leading to late deliveries of their products.
? Poor maintenance – The Company identified there was poor communication between the various department and job grades. For example, maintenance staff believed that production hold ups were caused by operating errors, while operators were of the opinion that poor maintenance was the root cause. Discuss the applicability for Lean manufacturing for the SPAD Ltd.(20%)
3. From a company of your choice , investigate a particular challenge, issue and /or problem that it is currently facing (or has recently faced in the past) in terms of the quality of its p rocess, product or service. Critically discuss what quality improvement philosophy, methodology or tool ( e.g. SPC, ISO 9000, TQM, Six Sigma, etc.) may help your selected organisation to overcome it or to avoid similar quality issues in the future – explain why. In addition, co mment on how the recommended quality improvement philosophy, methodology or tool may help your organisation to enhance its quality strategy and market position in the long term. (25%)
4. Using any ca se study example to illustrate good supply chain operations and explain “ How does your case firm achieve success through good supply chain management? (25%)
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Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation

Intention and Aims
The individual assignment requires an analysis of the exploitation of innovation within an organisation through a commercially developed SOCIAL NETWORK service. This involves producing an INDIVIDUAL formal report (max 2500 words excluding references). The assignment requires an analysis of a recent IBM initiative relating to ?�Social Business’ ibm.com/socialbusiness/uk
You are required to specifically identify how ANY organisation may ?�learn’ the nature of a SOCIAL MEDIA system which may be adopted to exploit the extent of the organisations ?�knowledge’ leading to enhanced ?�innovation’. For clarity your report should therefore form FOUR elements, ie organisational learning approach, social media development, knowledge management features and the extent of subsequent innovation.
It is expected that an in-depth investigation and analysis is undertaken to determine the extent of the theoretical and practical issues involved in how the Social Media service was achieved through knowledge and innovation frameworks. Examples should be drawn from other research into well formulated networks currently available, ie; Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Google, Linkedin, NING, Writeboard, Storybird, etc. Youshould include how your case analysis enabled successful knowledge and innovation within the organization. This should also involve a consideration of developments in the field by providing insightful explanations of current and future potential social media exploitation.
The report should provide an academic analysis by recalling the theories and approaches that are relevant to the topic. You may structure your report to include any relevant tables or diagrams with a suggested format as: features of organisational learning, nature of knowledge and how it may be managed, a contextual description of social networks and issues relating to the exploitation of organisational innovation through the Social Media systems
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The following learning outcomes are assessed through this assignment.
1 To critically discuss the nature and process of knowledge creation and transfer within organisations. 2 To critically evaluate how organisational and social dynamics combine to engender innovation. 3 To analyze the application of concepts and theories related to new ?�social network’ technologies 4 To be able to present theoretical and empirical evidence to address complex problems and practical situations in relation to knowledge
management and innovation development
The individual report should reflect:
• Ability to identify diverse and high quality sources of information (a minimum of 40 references are required from different sources). These should include: academic journals/ books/ trade publications, government and industry data, websites, etc.
• Demonstration of clear understanding and synthesise of the available information in order to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the topic(s).
• Ability to discuss complex information clearly and concisely, and to construct coherent and logical arguments. • Ability to present your findings in a professional and well structured report format, including effective use of figures, tables, appendices
and referencing (Harvard Style is required).
It is essential that your research should include novel, thoughtful analysis and the impact of social networks on innovation through referencing and incorporation of ideas from multiple sources.
In addition, the opportunity will be taken to enhance ?�employability’ criteria through attention to ?�presentation skills, ?�clarity of an
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Film Music

Paper on a Musical Subject.
You may choose from a variety of topics for your paper. For example: musical culture (jazz in the 1920’s, music of particular ethnicity, hip-hop culture, etc.), musical genre (19th century opera, film music, video game music, etc.), a composer/band/artist (Stravinsky, Wagner, Metalica, Beatles, Mariah Carey, etc.), music history or instrument(s) (guitar, piano, clarinet, drums, etc.)
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Symbolism in short story

Chapter Seven explores the role of symbols in conveying literary themes. Themes are abundant in literary works (though they are at some times more obvious than at others). Select one short story from the reading assignments (from either Week One or Week Two) to examine more closely in relation to symbolism. Consider the story’s overall theme(s) and use of images as well as how these two relate to one another. You may choose to explore one single recurring symbol, or you may discuss multiple symbols and how they relate to one another.
At the beginning of your post, identify (a) the literary work that you will analyze and (b) the theme(s) that is/are most relevant to the symbolism you will explore.

Argument in media

Find an example of an argument from a media source. •Include a link or bibliographical information for the source in your discussion post.
•Determine the issue that is being discussed and the conclusion that is drawn on that issue.
•Explain the reasons that are given for that conclusion in the example that you identify.
•Finally, explain whether or not you were convinced by the argument. If you were convinced, explain why you found the argument strong or sound. If you were not convinced, explain why you found the argument weak and lacking.
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International Marketing current issue

TOPIC: CULTURAL/SOCIAL
Students are encouraged to be aware of current marketing issues that are taking place both domestically and globally. To ensure active learning, students must be able to understand theoretical concepts and apply them to relevant cross cultural or cross national contexts. Students are required to:
Identify and select one referenced news article that is related to the tutorial topic of the week. The
referenced news article should be no more than four months old and may be sourced from either print or
online news publications.
Report on how the referenced news article relates to the tutorial topic of the week. The report should not
exceed 200 words.
Discuss the implications of the referenced news article at the tutorial.

Early and Renaissance Period Art

For this essay, you are to choose two pieces of art and/or architecture from the list below, one from the classical and one from the Renaissance period, which demonstrate the classical artistic influences during the Renaissance. In your analysis, focus on the formal and metaphorical aspects of each piece and how they relate to the humanistic and classical emphasis of the time. Make sure you clearly demonstrate your understanding of humanism and how classical thoughts were revived in the Renaissance period, through the art works you analyze. You also need to perform a brief visual analysis of both pieces in order to properly compare and contrast them visually and symbolically.
This is to be a research essay, so the expectation is that you will include information from
outside sources to support your argument. For sources, you are to use the text book, lectures,discussions, books, and academic articles?no web sites or non-credible sources (e.g.Wikipedia, blogs, etc.). In order to find credible academic articles, you will need to use the library?s website (www.library.arizona.edu). JSTOR, under ?Articles and Databases,?will be the most helpful for this assignment. You will not be required to use primary sources; secondary and tertiary sources in the form of academic articles are all that is expected. You must use at least three sources for your paper. One of those sources must be ?Art Through The Ages? by Fred S. Kleiner
List of images you may use (Choose one from the Renaissance and one from the Classical
lists):
Classical works:
1. Polykleitos, Doryphoros (Spear Bearer), ca. 450-440, Fig. 2-35
2. Alexandros of Antioch-on-the-Meander, Aphrodite (Venus de Milo), ca. 15-125 BCE,
Fig. 2-56
3. Athanadoros, Hagesandros, and Polydoros of Rhodes, Laoco?n, first century CE, Fig. 2-59
4. Pantheon, 118-125CE, Figs. 3-38, 3-39, 3-40
Renaissance works:
1. Lorenzo Ghiberti, Sacrifice of Isaac, 1401-2, Fig. 8-15
2. Michelangelo Buonarroti, David, 1501?1504, Fig. 9-9
3. Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, ca. 1482, Fig. 8-1
4. Leon Battista Alberti, San?Andrea, designed 170, begun 1472, Figs. 8-38 and 8-439
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