operations production management

During the term, two papers are due; these will provide an opportunity for students to think critically about a relevant topic in the course. The papers will focus on articles taken from newspapers, current events, or the Internet. You will locate, read, write a summary of, and present a summary of a recent (2017 or later) article related to Operations/Production Management. The article may be from any business journal or academic journal. (Wall Street Journal, Economist, etc.)

You are expected to write a 2-3 page paper that contains the most useful information from the article following the format outlined below. You should not simply copy the abstract the authors provide. Include a complete citation for the article, so that others in the class might locate it if they are so inclined.

The papers should reflect the student’s analysis and critical thinking as it relates to other course materials and information. At a minimum, the papers are to include the following:

  1. Introduction
  2. Summary – ½ – ¾ page of the article or case study
  3. Analysis – your analysis of the topic, comparing and/or contrasting it to other course materials
  4. Discussion your insights you have gained from the reading
  5. Production Management Application – how your learning can be applied to your work environment
  6. Personal Reflection – describe your personal thoughts and Christian worldview about the analysis, article content and/or the Production Management application
  7. Conclusion

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • The quality of your written abstract, including the level of understanding you demonstrate about the article you have read, sentence structure, spelling, formatting (use spell check).
  • The application of the topic to your particular organization, how it might be implemented, or, if it would be beneficial to your organization but you are not in a position of authority to implement it, what would have to change and what the benefits would be.

All written work must conform to the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th Ed.

Style standard. Students should be prepared to discuss any aspect of the readings or case studies as assigned. All written work is to be typewritten, double-spaced, utilize Times New Roman, size 12 fonts, and follow expected standards of clarity, organization, grammar, and correct spelling. Pages should be fastened with one staple in the upper left-hand corner (no folds, paper clips, etc. please).


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