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Managing capacity in the intermediate term: aggregat … DO2-003-I
“Notes and cases of operations often seem to be based on the analysis of operating systems in an unchanging environment. The emphasis is placed on understanding and evaluating basic characteristics of company’s operations, working under reasonably stable conditions in terms of demand and markets. However, business works differently in practice. Markets demand competition and strategic change. Operating systems should be adapted to new strategic needs. Even in situations where strategic and competitive framework is reasonably stable (where the convenience or otherwise making of changes in a coherently designed and well managed operating system could be questioned), demand does not usually remain stable in the course of time.”
This technical note related to strategy details planning and scheduling procedures to manage dynamic capacity.Academic Area:Operations & Supply Chain Management
Nestlé Russia LLC - Supplier finance programme (A) DO1-137-A-I
The Russian Market is of strategic importance to Nestle S.A., the world’s biggest consumer goods company, headquartered in Switzerland. However, the operating environment in Russia is unique in terms of the trade terms that are the norm. Business to business transactions are primarily carried out on a near-cash basis. This places large demands on the working capital requirements for companies like Nestlé that operate between retailers and suppliers in the supply chain. Nestlé Russia’s CFO Philippe Blondiaux, charged with finding a solution, considers reverse factoring, at the time of case writing the most popular supply chain finance instrument (Financial Times 2009). The case analyses the implementation of the supplier finance solution and its viability of implementation in other geographies.
Overall the decision of the supplier is analyzed from a financial, procedural and relational point of view and is relevant for courses related to operations and supply chain management.Academic Area:Operations & Supply Chain Management
Al-Kadi Commerce & Industry DO1-127-I-M
The case presents the problems that the Al-Kadi Truck & Trailer Parts Division was facing related to its operations and stock management. In addition in Saudi Arabia where the case takes place the auto parts sector was also changing. The student has to re-plan the logistics strategy of the company choosing from a centralized or a decentralized strategy.
To be able to plan the new strategy the case provides information about the company's current strategy the problems it is facing the sector the country and the market. Interviews with one of the executives animations of the company's distribution model and detailed informative maps of Saudi Arabia will help students to make their decision about the future logistic and operations strategy.
The case can be used as part of a Supply Chain or Operations Management core or elective course to discuss issues associated with the design of inventory systems and networks. It can be used in master programs such as MBA, Master in Management, Master in Operations Management, etc or degree / university level students who have some previous knowledge on supply chain issues and logistics, as well as in executive education programs.Academic Area:Operations & Supply Chain Management