Essays on Problems within Leagile Manufacturing Company and their Root Causes Case Study

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The paper "Problems within Leagile Manufacturing Company and their Root Causes" is a great example of a case study on management. This paper explored the conflicting views on the effectiveness of the Lean production system as applied in the motor vehicle industry. It considered a case of Leagile Manufacturing Company, a company that had succeeded with the MRP system of production but faulted it for increasing inventory and being less efficient. The company’ s C. E.O had directed her deputy to ascertain the feasibility of the Lean production system and employ it if proven workable.

The company eventually adopted the new production system but within 6 months, an array of problems had faced its implementation. This paper analyzed the reported problems, citing their root causes and observed symptoms. The analysis categorized the problems experienced into two broad classes of strategic and operational shortfalls. The strategic issue raised in the essay concerns insufficient strategic planning by the company’ s management under the leadership of the vice – president, Scott Murphy. The paper observes that Scott failed to consider a fine analysis of the business environment. To start with, he appeared to have not considered, in his plan, the external Political Economic Social and Technological short term and long term implications of the proposed production system.

Equally, he appeared not to have effectively consulted the primary stakeholders including company employees, suppliers, customers, and transporters. This is reflected in the high disapproval rate of the system by the mentioned stakeholders as observed in their complaints. The operational issues discussed include the management of employees, the souring customer and supplier relations, and transportation constraints. The paper also observes that there exists ineffective leadership in the top management at Leagile Company characterized by low motivation of employees (low wages) that is seen as directly linked to the diminishing production.

Various theories and models on human management and operational management are used to support the symptomatic manifestation of the problems.


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