Professional Essays Writer Applichem (A) (Abridged)

Janice H. Hammond, Gary P. Pisano

Technology & Operations

Applichem manufactures the same chemical product in four plants, each of which is located in a different country. The company has completed a major study comparing the productivity and performance of these plants. Using the data from the study, students must decide which, if any, plants to close. The case requires students to think about the relevant metrics for comparing the performance of plants that operate very differently and in different countries. An important issue is the distinction between physical measures of productivity and financial measures of performance. Finally, the case allows students to think about what management might do to ensure that productivity improvements are shared across the plant network.

Operations management, Performance measurement, Productivity

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Professional Essays Writer Design Thinking and Innovation at Apple

Stefan Thomke, Barbara Feinberg

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Winner of a 2013 ecch Case AwardDescribes Apple’s approach to innovation, management, and design thinking. For several years, Apple has been ranked as the most innovative company in the world, but how it has achieved such success remains mysterious because of the company’s obsession with secrecy. This note considers the ingredients of Apple’s success and its quest to develop, in the words of CEO Steve Jobs, insanely great products. Focuses on: 1) design thinking; 2) product development strategy and execution; 3) CEO as chief innovator; and 4) bold business experimentation.

Creativity, Experimentation, Product development, Productivity, Strategy, Technology