LO 1.1 Explain the importance of effective operations management in achieving organizational objectives

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QualificationEdexcel BTEC Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership
Unit Code, Number and TitleH/602/2327 – Unit 11: Strategic Quality and Systems Management
Credit Value10
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Assignment titleImplementing Strategic Quality Change in an Organisation
This unit provides the learner with an understanding of the importance of effective quality and systems management to enable achievement of organizational objectives. It also provides the learner with the skills to be able to implement a strategic quality change in an organisation.
Scenario

An organization of your choice is in the process of understanding of the principles, concepts, processes and procedures associated with quality management as they want to compete in this competitive environment. The organization has decided to compete on quality basis rather than cost. You have been hired as internal quality consultant for the organisation. You are required to look at the existing quality management within the organisation, and implement a strategic quality change, ensuring the necessary monitoring evaluation systems are in place and evaluating the outcomes of the change.

Thus you are currently working on the following points.

Task 1

Understand the role of operations management in an organization

LO 1.1     Explain the importance of effective operations management in achieving organizational objectives

LO 1.2   Evaluate the success of existing operations management processes in meeting an organisation’s overall strategic management objectives

Task 2

Understand the importance of managing quality in an organization

LO 2.1    Explain the importance of effective quality management in achieving organizational objectives

LO 2.2   Evaluate the success of existing quality management processes in meeting an organisation’s overall strategic management objectives

Task 3

Be able to plan a strategic quality change in an organization

LO 3.1   Plan a strategic quality change to improve organizational performance

LO 3.2   Define resources, tools and systems to support business processes in a strategic quality change

LO 3.3   Evaluate the wider implications of planned strategic quality change in an organization

LO 3.4   Design systems to monitor the implementation of a strategic quality change in an organization

Task 4

Be able to implement a strategic quality change in an organization

LO 4.1   Implement a strategic quality change in an organization

LO 4.2   Embed a quality culture in an organisation to ensure continuous monitoring and development

LO 4.3   Monitor the implementation of a strategic quality change in an organization

Task 5

Be able to evaluate the outcomes of a strategic quality change in an organization

LO 5.1   Evaluate the outcomes of a strategic quality change in an organization

LO 5.2   Recommend areas for improvement to a strategic quality change that align with organisational objectives

Grading

To gain a PASS grade, a student must satisfactorily cover the following topics according to the Learning Outcomes mentioned above:

LO 1.1 / 1.2:  Understand the role of operations management in an organisation

Operations management: design, management, and improvement of the systems that create an organisation’s goods or services; production of goods and services; resource procurement, conversion into outputs, distribution to Users

Strategic objectives: the importance of effective operations management; role of operations; operations strategy; quality; timing; reliability; flexibility; cost; strategic decisions

Performance management: benchmarking; targets; performance indicators; use of environmental research; the balanced scorecard; profit; growth; competitiveness; value for money

LO 2.1 / 2.2:  Understand the importance of managing quality in an organization

Quality: definitions; quality gurus; evolution of quality; product quality and service quality, 5 gaps model; benchmarking; best practice; self-assessment; vision; continuous improvement

Quality models: development eg Japanese, USA, European, Deming, Baldridge, European Foundation of Quality Management, Six Sigma; current focus, future Trends

Monitoring organisational performance: principles of models underpin organisational performance; types of performance measures and how to determine and set them; cost-benefit analysis; risk analysis; the value of a customer-focused culture; the importance of prevention rather than correction; importance of developing a continual improvement culture and how to involve others; planning, proposing, implementing and evaluating change; identifying wider implications of change within an organisation; Business Process Re-engineering (BPR)

LO 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3 and 3.4: Be able to plan a strategic quality change in an organisation

Planning for a strategic quality change: gap analysis; degree of change; change strategies – creating a climate of change, workforce participation, communication, stakeholder participation, action planning, timescale, agreeing roles, ensuring resources, final feasibility review; purpose; aims/objectives; resources; targets

Designing systems: process, objectives, systems and operations; layout and flow of processes; the impact of technology on operations and systems; Total Quality Management (TQM) philosophy, principles, methods and techniques

Resources, tools and monitoring systems: facilities; workforce; machinery; transportation; technology; quality systems; quality circles; ISO 9000 / EN 29000; TQM; managing and monitoring quality

Wider implications: improved business performance, corporate image, reputation, standing; competitor response; impact on other functions and departments

LO 4.1 / 4.2 / 4.3: Be able to implement a strategic quality change in an organisation

Implementation of strategic quality change: timing; resource planning; staff training; communication; action planning; monitoring and evaluation criteria

Quality culture: self-managed teams and quality circles; matrix structures; senior management commitment; workforce commitment; workforce empowerment; partnerships with suppliers; external auditing; customer service

policies; Kaizen, continuous improvement

LO 5.1 / 5.2: Be able to evaluate the outcomes of a strategic quality change in an organization

Evaluation of strategic quality change: monitoring and evaluation techniques; action learning; change agents; catalysts; empowerment; performance measuring; developing communication channels; task and role realignment; piloting; ice-breaking; business performance indicators; customer feedback; effect on sales and profit

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All work must be submitted to LMS via soft copy; all assignments should be properly referenced.

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Textbooks

Indicative resource materials

Bank J – The Essence of Total Quality Management, 2nd Edition (Prentice Hall, 1999) ISBN 0135731143

Beckford J – Quality: A Critical Introduction, 3rd Edition (Routledge, 2009) ISBN 041599635X

Bicheno J – The Quality 75: Towards Six Sigma Performance in Service and Manufacturing (PICSIE Books, 2002) ISBN 0954124405

Brue G – Six Sigma for Managers: 24 Lessons to Understand and Apply Six Sigma Principles in any Organization (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2005) ISBN 0071455485

Journals/newspapers

ProductionPlanning and Control (Taylor and Francis)

The TQM Magazine (Emerald)

A good daily broadsheet, eg The TimesThe Guardian or The Financial Times

Websites

www.businesscases.org/newInterface

www.efqm.org

www.hbsworkingknowledge.hbs.edu

www.hse.gov.uk

www.hsl.gov.uk

www.iso9000.org


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