Advanced Operations Management

Operations management, as you learned in the course, focuses on implementing management strategies in order for an organization to effectively and efficiently achieve their goal(s). Whether a business is seeking improved quality control, more efficient processes, or detailed analysis of employee performance, operations management is the central factor to achieving these successes. In an 800 – 1200-word essay, answer one of the prompts below using concepts you learned from the course to support your arguments.

You may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least three credible, outside sources and cite them using APA format. 

Essay Prompts (CHOOSE ONE)
1. Explain why the Lean Organizational Structure is beneficial for businesses aiming to increase their value.

2. When considering a company’s performance metrics, is there a metric in particular that you feel businesses should value more over the others? Why or why not?

3. Which quality management framework do you think yields the most meaningful information for companies to improve their quality? Why?

Category
Unacceptable (0-2)
Needs Improvement (3-6)
Good (7-8)
Excellent (9-10)
Total Possible Points

Thesis (x3)
Thesis is missing
Thesis lacks clarity or is not well-developed
Thesis adequately states the student’s argument
Thesis clearly & logically states the student’s argument
30

Structure (x3)
Structure is illogical or significantly hinders understanding
Arguments are difficult to identify; ideas are disjointed
Evidence is provided & is relevant to the thesis, but transitions and connections are lacking
Arguments are well integrated; ideas flow logically; main points are identifiable
30

Analysis (x3)
No examples are used to support arguments; analysis is missing or incorrect; no sources are cited
Few or weak examples are given to support main points; fewer than 3 sources are cited
Examples are given to support most points, but not all; analysis lacks originality; at least 3 sources are provided, but some or all are not academic and/or appropriate for the topic
All main points are supported with evidence and include original analysis; at least 3 reputable and appropriate sources are cited
30

Mechanics (x1)
Incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and use of standard English grammar hinders understanding
Several instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar
Few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar
No or very few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar
10