UofP - MBA550 - Team Assignment - Scenario Two Benchmarking - Team B - 05-27-06

UofP - MBA550 - Team Assignment - Scenario Two Benchmarking - Team B - 05-27-06

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Kuiper Leda 1 Running head: KUIPER LEDA BENCHMARKING ANALYSIS Kuiper Leda Benchmarking Analysis Learning Team B—Candace Frawley, Albert Garcia, Phillip Hinkle, Thadeaus Jones, Robert Sikes University of Phoenix May 27, 2006
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Kuiper Leda 2 Kuiper Leda Benchmarking Analysis A research report and analysis has been conducted to identify Kuiper Leda’s current situation and possible solutions through benchmarking and risk assessments. Based on the scenario presented in the course materials, this report will provide a description of the current situation at Kuiper Leda, discuss benchmarking research completed by Learning Team B, and explore possible solutions providing a risk assessment of those solutions. Current Situation Kuiper Leda—an electronic components manufacturer—specializes in the production of Electronic Control Units (ECUs) and sensors for the automotive industry. Recently, Kuiper Leda added Radio Frequency Identification Devises (RFID) Tags to its line of products. With revenues reaching $400 million in just ten years, Kuiper Leda is a formidable competitor in the electronics industry. However, Kuiper Leda has worked with small customers and realizes that growth sustainability entails larger customers with return business. Subsequently, an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Midland Motors, placed a large order for ECUs and RFID tags with an aggressive turnaround time (University, 2006). Due to a sudden increase in requirements, Kuiper Leda must (1) decide if they should accept the order, (2) make a suitable margin, if accepted, and (3) decide whether or not both products can be manufactured in-house or outsourced partially or in its entirety (University, 2006). Problem Statements The problem statement for Kuiper Leda must include opportunities, enable many possible solutions, be motivational, and clear (University, 2006). Therefore, the statements prepared for Kuiper Leda are presented below:
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Kuiper Leda 3 “Kuiper Leda seeks to have a clear, workable strategy on how to ensure resources and logistics will deliver the outcomes required under the business plan by implementing supply chain management best practices.” “Kuiper Leda will optimize its future operating capacity and competitiveness by incorporating effective supply chain management practices into their organization infrastructure.” “Kuiper Leda can meet increasing demands by implementing a set of best practices that relate to supply chain and operations management.” “Kuiper Leda seeks to better manage its supply chain in order to increase efficiency, reduce costs, increase margins and increase production capacity.” “Kuiper Leda will improve its operating capacity for future product demand by incorporating effective supply chain management best practices into its overall organizational strategy.” While each problem statement is a generalization of several issues and challenges, this allows for the development of multiple solutions to address the opportunities and supports the
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course MBA 550 taught by Professor Whoknows during the Spring '08 term at University of Phoenix.

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UofP - MBA550 - Team Assignment - Scenario Two Benchmarking - Team B - 05-27-06

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