Category Archives: Cost

Tesla–A different mix of employees compared to other car companies.

Elon Musk, the savvy CEO of Tesla Motor, has recently posted on Twitter his need for “hard-core software engineers” to work at his company.  His electric-car company is looking to add thousands of employees in coming years.  The company is … Continue reading

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New approach to making product on-demand.

Discussion Questions: This article describes a new system for making items using flexible single-worker cells.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of the system compared to using an assembly line? What if you were a company facing the need to … Continue reading

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Navy Awards Two Shipbuilding Contracts for New Submarines

Discussion Questions: Read the following article carefully.  What are the details of the contracts that that the Navy struck with General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls? Would not it have been better if the Navy had only awarded one contract?  What … Continue reading

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Smartphones–Modular vs Integrated Design

Discussion Questions: The following two articles are related to smartphone design.  The first article describes Google’s idea for a modular design where the user can customize the phone to their exact requirements. The second article is about the cost to … Continue reading

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Total Cost of Ownership–Mercedes or Ford?

Discussion Questions: Total cost of ownership is an important but often overlooked Operations and Supply Chain Topic.  This article brings the topic down to a personal level.  Study the article and consider how this idea is applied to material purchase … Continue reading

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Manufacturing Plants in Europe Generate Own Electricity

Discussion Questions: The following article describes what may be a growing trend where companies are becoming self-sufficient in energy needs.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing this? It may be that the cost advantages are dependent on government … Continue reading

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The Leveraging Impact of Lower Energy Cost

Discussion Questions Recalling your study of Economics, define what the “leveraging” effect is?  In your definition go beyond the idea of using a small amount of money to borrow a large amount.  Think about it relative to building a new … Continue reading

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