Ford assembly line, 1913. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I’m thinking about this issue: Some of my operations management students take the view that they shouldn’t need to be able to demonstrate competency utilising the formulae for inventory, queuing, and assembly line balancing problems (for example). Or creating a spreadsheet to calculate using the formulae. “I’d hire a consultant to do that kind of work” my students argue.
I respond by saying that “I am training YOU to be the consultants. Why would anyone hire you if each time you face a problem you would ask to pay for a consultant!? …. How long would you keep your job?”…. Dear tumblr readers, What do YOU think? What competences would you expect a graduate of business to possess, particularly a major in operations management? ….
Here’s an example of the kind of problem I expect them to solve….. http://www.transtutors.com/homework-help/industrial-management/queuing-models/multiple-channel-queuing-model-solved-examples.aspx
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