BUSE 605: Operations Management
Graded 20 Marks.
Submission Due Date:
Aim of the Project:
The purpose of this project is for students to analyze and improve real-world business operations by applying the knowledge learned in this course. This project exposes students to important business process modelling and design steps. Student will need to 1) investigate a real-world business operation, 2) identify the corresponding business processes in use, 3) measure the performance of existing business operations, 4) suggest an alternative business design, and 5) evaluate the improvement of the newly suggested business design.
For this to happen, we encourage you to submit an independent project. Submission of every project must go through the plagiarism check, and only a maximum of 20% plagiarism shall be allowed.
This project demonstrates the following SLOs from your course:
The nature, role, and importance of operations management in contemporary business organizations.
The organizational and strategic context within which operations managers function.
The key differences between operations management in manufacturing vs. service businesses.
The dynamics of planning and control in the key operations management domains such as capacity, inventory, quality etc.
The major challenges facing operations management; more specifically, the challenges stemming from environmental sustainability, social responsibility, globalization, knowledge-driven economies and/or technology outbursts.
How different operational capabilities allow and support different strategies to gain competitive advantage?
Assessment of the appropriateness of various approaches, methods and/or tools to deal with a variety of operations management problems being faced in contemporary organizations.
Operation Management Projects Topics:
Tools in project management
The project report should follow the following guidelines as below:
Title of Project
Table of Content
Executive Summary / Abstract
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Literature Review
Chapter 3: Industry and Organization Profile
Chapter 4: Research Methodology
Chapter 5: Data Analysis and Interpretation
Chapter 6: Findings and Conclusion
Appendix – Questionnaire
References & in-text Citations as APA Style (Important)
Font: 12 Times New Roman
Page: Space 1.5
10 to 15 Pages
Underneath of the front page, please write your Instructor’s Name of this Course.
As a student of operations management looking to get good grades, it is essential to develop new ideas and experiment on existing operations management theories – i.e., to add value and interest in the topic of your research.
The field of operations management is vast and interrelated to so many other academic disciplines like civil engineering, construction, law, and even healthcare. That is why it is imperative to create a operations management research topic that is articular, sound, and actually solves a practical problem that may be rampant in the field.
We can’t stress how important it is to develop a logical research topic; it is the basis of your entire research. There are several significant downfalls to getting your topic wrong; your supervisor may not be interested in working on it, the topic has no academic creditability, the research may not make logical sense, there is a possibility that the study is not viable.
This impacts your time and efforts in writing your research as you may end up in the cycle of rejection at the very initial stage of the research. That is why we recommend reviewing existing research to develop a topic, taking advice from your supervisor, and even asking for help in this stage of your research.
Keeping our advice in mind while developing a research topic will allow you to pick one of the best operations management research topics that not only fulfil your requirement of writing a research paper but also adds to the body of knowledge.
Therefore, it is recommended that when finalizing your research topic, you read recently published literature in order to identify gaps in the research that you may help fill.
Remember- research topics need to be unique, solve an identified problem, be logical, and can also be practically implemented. Take a look at some of our sample operations management research topics to get an idea for your own research topic.
Project evaluation will be based on the criteria attached with this guideline. Time-management will also be an important assessment factor for making a presentation.
Important Note: The Research project evaluation will be based on in depth application of concepts with creativity such as using figures, data tables and graphs.
Best Wishes Prof. Nadia