Essays on Strategic and Operational Issues Facing the Company: Leagile Manufacturing Case Study

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The paper "Strategic and Operational Issues Facing the Company: Leagile Manufacturing" is a great example of a case study on management. League manufacturing has been facing several managerial and operational problems for the past six months. This is due to the introduction of a lean manufacturing strategy in the production system by the vice president of operations, Scott Murphy. Scott was attracted by stories of success of the lean production system in other companies and decided to give it a try. This paper deeply analyses the problems facing Leagile manufacturing, reviews the linkages between customer needs, the company’ s strategies and its current operational issues, and recommends a strategy that should be implemented in order to overcome the challenges and at the same time remain competitive in the dynamic customer-driven market. 1.0 Introduction In his effort to implement a lean production system, the Vice President of Operations at Leagile Manufacturing, Scott Murphy, did not consider the fact that lean cannot be learned by reading magazines or books.

While lean principles can be well explained in books, personal guidance is often necessary in order to identify the best approach to suit a given organization.

This element is what was lacking in Leagile Manufacturing. It requires a good understanding of the key principles and lays down the necessary procedures of implementing lean techniques (Kearney, 2003). Scott got inspired by literary information regarding the success of the lean production system elsewhere but it is evident that he lacks practical orientation or exposure with the lean production system. The main aim of this paper is to analyze the problems facing Leagile Manufacturing in the quest of implementing lean production techniques and recommend the right strategy which is driven by customer needs, supply characteristics, and contemporary development in manufacturing and supply chain management.

Also, the implementation of this strategy will provide Leagile Manufacturing with a sustainable competitive advantage and provide solutions to the problems currently facing the organization.

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