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ILE282: ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT (3rd Assignment)

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Question # 3.1 Which type of organizational structure is best suited for developing a new product which requires a high level of specialization in several functions and the time to market represents a critical factor?   I think that the best approach for developing a new product is by forming a concurrent team, and the steps to be taken are as follows: 1) Choosing team members of high specializations in the major functions. 2) Defining objectives. 3) Allocating budget for the mission. 4) Setting timelines        Answer: Functional organization: Functional is highly specialized Each department is highly skilled as all specialists are grouped together It is best for new products and small firms, oldest and easiest to manage Good for new products Decision making is fast and of high quality     Question # 3.2 A materials manager suspects that the quality of work being done within his depart.....

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ILE282: ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT (2nd Assignment) 2.9 Question Answers

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2.9 The Office Equipment Company is headed by Glen Jordon, President, who is supported by four people: Ray Fisk, VP Sales, Terry Buford, VP Manufacturing, Fred Hunter, Director of Research, and Bob Christian, Director of Corporate Planning. The company has produced typewriters, calculating machines (desktop with paper tape), accounting machines, and tabulating equipment in the last 40 years. Until two years ago, the company performed well, based on A. Reputation for quality products and services. B. Sales increases over the years. C. Rate of return better than others. D. Engineering research concentrated on improving existing machines, with new models every few years by introducing small incremental changes. However, there had been some significant changes in the last two years. For example: A. Typewriters sales continued to increase. B. Sales of accounting machines and tabulating equipment become stagnant. C. Sales of calculating machines dropped more th.....

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ILE282: ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT (2nd Assignment) 2.7 Question Anwers

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2.7 There are always risks associated with the experimentation of a new manufacturing process or with the entry into a new global market, the risks of failure. How should one decide to proceed or not to proceed with a risky venture? What is the proper level of risks to take?   All new ventures have inherent uncertainties. In deciding to take the risks of going forward with the venture, several questions need to be answered first:A.Should it luckily turn out to be successful, what is themaximum pay-out (e.g., value) of the venture?B.Why is the venture deemed to be risky? How likely are allrisk factors expected to play out in reality? What contingency steps are available to minimize the impact of these risky factors? Answers to these questions will lead to an assessment of the probability of success for the venture. C.Should the venture fail (e.g., time delay, reputation,company bankruptcy, loss of market share, etc.), what is the adverse impact on company?  

ILE282: ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT (2nd Assignment) 2.6 Question Answers

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2.6 Quality may be defined differently by different people in a company. Explain why that is usually the case. Which quality definition is the correct one for the company to adopt?   ANS: Quality is a perceptual, conditional, and somewhat subjective attribute and may be understood differently by different people. Producers focus on specifications while consumers focus on fitness for use. The company should adopt the one that covers both the producers and service sectors. Quality of a product or service is its fitness for meeting or exceeding its intended use as required by the consumer.

ILE282: ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT (2nd Assignment) 2.4 Question Anwers

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2.4 Mission and value statements are indicative of the directions to which a company is headed. What are typically included in the statements of Mission and Value of some well‐known companies in the U.S.? Please advise.   The mission and value statements include: who they are, why the company exists, whom they are serving, and how they operate to effectively carryout the mission. it should be as follows:  Say why the company really exists It should be short and sweet Consider long term and short term Test it and revise it often

ILE282: ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT (2nd Assignment) 2.3 Question Anwer

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      The company has always been focused on the high‐quality high‐price end of the market. Now, market intelligence indicates that some competitors are planning to enter the low‐price low‐quality end of the market. What should the company do?   The company should design and implement planning horizons as follows   :   Operational decisions Tactical decisions Do market research Use competitor intelligence Reduce price Further reduce prices Improve results Interpret massive amounts of market intelligence Reduce costs Further reduce cost  

Management for Engineers Dersi Chaper Soruları ve Cevapları(Assignment-4 And Answer )

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Question # 4.1 The company’s product promised to a major customer is running late and there was intense pressure on the production team to deliver the product. The Direction of Production was eventually told by the company President to “deliver or else.” The Director therefore decided to ship the product, even though it had not gone through all its testing procedures. Members on the product team were angry by the uncertainty in the functionality and reliability of the shipped product. The Director however insisted: “We will just have to take that chance.” As the Director of Production, how would you act differently?   Sampling tests could be done on a few samples: this will be less costly and consumes little or no time.      Question # 4.2 As advised by the company President, the Sales Department received a set of specific recommendations produced by an outside management firm to reorganize for maximum effectiv.....

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Management for Engineers Dersi Chaper Soruları ve Cevapları(Assignment-3 And Answer )

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Question # 3.1 Which type of organizational structure is best suited for developing a new product which requires a high level of specialization in several functions and the time to market represents a critical factor?   Answer : Forming a concurrent development team is most suitable for this assignment. The steps to take are: (1) Name experienced staff of major functions (e.g., marketing and sales, design engineering, product development, customer service, and production) as members, (2) Set objectives, (3) Define time and budget constraints, and (4) Declare a top priority for all supports the team might need.   Question # 3.2 A materials manager suspects that the quality of work being done within his department was steadily deteriorating. He wanted to introduce a program of change to improve quality. What steps should he take?   Answer : He should take the following steps: (1) Benchmark externally to define the cur.....

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Engineering Management Homework Questions Answers Question#5.8

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  Engineering Management Homework Questions Answers Question#5.8   1. Two junior members or the production department unexpectedly come in to see you, the production director, to complain that their manager, who reports to you comments discrimination, practices favoritism, and misuses company facilities for possible personal gain. How would you handle this complaint?   Answer 1   1. Develop fair rules and consequences------------proper rules and regulations should be made and it should be followed and punnishment should be given on violation of rules and regulation. 2. clearly communicate policies--------------communication is the key link to sucessful disciplinary process.Rules and consequences must be well known by both those who apply them and those who subject to them. 3.Conduct a fair investigation-------------- listen to the accused employee story first. A preliminary interview should be conducted before giving punnishment to t.....

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Engineering Management Homework Questions Answers Question # 5.7

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    Question # 5.7   The Production department is undergoing an upgrade of its automation program. It has a conflict which needs to be controlled and managed. The line supervisor wants to standardize on machines supplied by an American vendor, as his people will eventually use them. The Automation Team leader believes, on the other hand, that the Swissmade machines would result in greater productivity. Being a specialist in automation, she was brought in to the department to find ways of significantly improving productivity. The department head is at loss of what to do, as these two experts fight out in a staff meeting. He regrets that he has not kept up himself with the automation technology to enable him to arbitrate on the best way going forward. What should the department head do now?   Answer: The department head should show the qualities such as listening skills, better understanding, maturity and leadership too. First, he should giv.....

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