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Reflection Paper 1 Reflection Paper- The 9-Step Model Deanna Ali, David Mann, Kymeish Gaston, Yolonda Donnell Benitez MBA 500 Foundations of Problem-Based Learning Herb Spalla July 9, 2006
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Reflection Paper 2 “Shoot first and take names later!” This may work in most westerns but this solution to solving problems is outdated and often causes more problems than it can fix. In order to get the best solution, problems must be framed or formulated, a decision about the problem must be made and the problem must be evaluated to ensure that the best decision was made. Real problems need clear, defined solutions that offer multiple solutions. The company that uses the 9-step decision making process will be ensured that they have evaluated most critical situations in the best manner possible. Exploring the 9-Step Model In exploring the 9-step problem solving model, the element that is most prominent is the cycle that it promotes. This is not only successful after the first use, but can be used multiple times to continue growth and development within a company. The 9-step model is also applicable in various situations. This model is a guideline to help us identify factors that may other wise be overlooked. The cycle consists of describing the situation, identifying the problem, clarifying the goals, developing and evaluating alternatives, assessing risks from these alternatives, executing the decision, implementing the solution and finally evaluating the results. The first of these steps is to describe the situation (1) ; this helps to make an assessment of current operations and procedures. This is followed by framing the problem (2) which then identifies the problem among the current activities. USAuto has realized that they have lost their leading position in the car industry. They have assessed their current situation and have identified their problems. The areas of concern that USAuto have observed are: the increase of labor and manufacturing costs; the limiting market; and potential competition for the patent for the technology of the hybrid engine.
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Reflection Paper 3 Linda Henderson (USAuto’s Executive Vice President) intensions are to negotiate with AutoMex to resolve these issues. The next step would be to state the goals (3) ; Ms. Henderson had established that the projected goals would be to secure a partnership with AutoMex to manufacture the labor-intensive parts at a cheaper labor cost – and puncturing the Central and South American markets while keeping the patent for the hybrid engine intact. After identifying the situation and establishing goals, it is then important to brainstorm alternatives (4), and evaluate these alternatives (5). There is often more than one way to achieve a goal. The key is to find the most efficient means possible. The alternatives that USAuto felt would be constructive were to direct AutoMex focus toward
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