SwitchCo A: Implementing Tools and Analytics for Manufacturing Improvements

by: Eric Svaan

Publication Date: December 19, 2013
Length: 12 pages
Product ID#: 1-429-369

Core Disciplines: Operations Management/Supply Chain, Strategy & Management

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    The presentation by a student intern team from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan to senior Switchco managers was impressive. Team members described the situation encountered at the beginning of their ten-week residence in East Asia, and it was clearly full of challenge and opportunity—a new product line introduction in the electronics industry invariably presents stresses guaranteed to reveal operations system weaknesses.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Identify the causes of problems in an factory operation context.
  • Select the appropriate tools to apply to those causes.
  • Reason accurately from analytical results.