Systems approach - operations function, Operation Management

Systems Approach - Operations Function

In parallel with the development of management science, and also largely stemming from the wartime inter-disciplinary teams, an interest in 'systems' flourished across many disciplines. The reason for the interest is reflected in Aristotle's aphorism: 'the whole is greater than the sum of the parts'. For the operations manager the systems approach probably has its greatest value as an insightful way of looking at the system being managed, in relation to its environment. We will consider the following general aspects of systems: 

1. System complexity 

2. Inputs transformation and outputs 

3. Interdependent sub-systems 

4. Negative feedback 

5. Time-lag effects 

6. Sub-optimisation. 

'System' has had many definitions, but for our purposes we will consider it to be simply a group of elements serving some common purpose.

Posted Date: 3/16/2013 5:53:32 AM | Location : United States

Related Discussions:- Systems approach - operations function, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Systems approach - operations function, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Systems approach - operations function Discussions

Write discussion on Systems approach - operations function
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
(a.)    Give an example (with justification) of a product for which EOQ ordering is more sensible (i.e., more economical) than JIT ordering. (b.)  What is lead time ?  What wou

What method does a T1 use to achieve high throughput over twisted pair wiring? a. frequency division multiplexing b. wavelength division multiplexing c. statistical multip

I need to explain forecasting, also how it is performed at St. Arnold's Brewery (Houston, TX) also what forecasting error is and if there has been any in the past.

Using the IT Savvy four types of the CIO (page 146 IT Savvy), choose a type for each of CIO or IT leaders for all of the cases we have reviewed in this class. Give example of why y

How should foster position herself and her team prior to raising a follow-on fund?

Today's marketing research personnel have far greater access to both primary research tools as well as widely published and accessible secondary data. How has the Internet changed

A flower shop uses 800 clay pots a month. The pots are purchased at $2 each. Annual carrying costs are estimated at $0.60 per pot per year and ordering costs are $20 per order. The

Why are organizations changing from batch (large) shipments to just-in-time (JIT) shipments?

Labour Intensity - Operations Function Labour intensity is defined as the ratio of the labour cost incurred to the value of the plant and equipment employed. It is important t

Question 1: What are the main characteristics of a Supply Chain? Mutually linked companies and Supplier-Customer relationships Gathers products from supplier to customer al