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Chapter 01 - Introduction to Operations Management

2. Often, the collective success or failure craftsmen or their apprentices using


of companies' operations functions will custom made parts.
impact the ability of a nation to compete
with other nations. 29. Elton Mayo's "Hawthorne Experiment"
was the focal point of the Human Relations
5. The greater the degree of customer Movement, which emphasized the
involvement, the more challenging the importance of the human element in job
design and management of operations. design.

8. The value of outputs is measured by the 30. Among Ford's many contributions was
prices customers are willing to pay for the introduction of mass production, using
goods or services. the concept of interchangeable parts and
division of labor.
10. People who work in the field of
operations should have skills that include 32. Lean production systems incorporate
both knowledge and people skills. the advantages of both mass production
and craft production.
15. Service often requires greater labor
content, whereas manufacturing is more 33. As an abstraction of reality, a model is
capital intensive. a simplified version of a real phenomenon.

18. One method of classifying production 34. Lean production systems use a highly
systems is the degree of standardization. skilled work force and flexible equipment.
37. A modern firm has two supply chain
20. Service involves a much higher degree considerations external links with
of customer contact than manufacturing. suppliers and customers, and an internal
network of flows to and between the
21. A systems approach emphasizes operations function itself.
interrelationships among subsystems, but
its main theme is that the whole is greater
than the sum of its individual parts.
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22. The Pareto phenomenon is one of the
most important and pervasive concepts that 1. Operations managers are responsible for
can be applied at all levels of management. assessing consumer wants and needs and
selling and promoting the organization's
24. The optimal solutions produced by goods or services.
quantitative techniques should always be
evaluated in terms of the larger framework. 3. Companies are either producing goods
or delivering services. This means that
26. Many operations management only one of the two types of operations
decisions can be described as tradeoffs. management strategies are used.

28. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, 4. Operations, marketing, and finance


goods were produced primarily by function independently of each other in
most organizations.

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Chapter 01 - Introduction to Operations Management

decisions since quantitative approaches


6. Goods producing organizations are not result in more accurate decisions.
involved in service activities
27. A systems approach means that we
7. Service operations require additional concentrate on efficiency within a
inventory because of the unpredictability subsystem and thereby assure overall
of consumer demand. efficiency.

9. The use of models will guarantee the 31. Operations management and marketing
best possible decisions. are the two functional areas that exist to
support activities in other functions such as
11. Assembly lines achieved productivity accounting, finance, IT and human
but at the expense of standard of living. resources.

12. The operations manager has primary 35. The lean production philosophy has
responsibility for making operations been slow to be adopted in service
system design decisions, such as system industries.
capacity and location of facilities.
36. Operations Management activities will
13. The word "technology" is used only to be less important in the future because
refer to 'information technology'. many firms are becoming service-oriented
operations rather than goods producing
14. Value added' by definition is always a operations.
positive number since 'added' implies
increases.

16. Measurement of productivity in service


is more straightforward than in
manufacturing since it is not necessary to
take into account the cost of materials.

17. Special-purpose technology is a


common way of offering increased
customization in manufacturing or services
without taking on additional labor costs.

19. Most people encounter operations only


in profit-making organizations.

23. Operations managers, who usually use


quantitative approaches, are not really
concerned with ethical decision-making.

25. Managers should most often rely on


quantitative techniques for important

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