Operations Management Exercise: Push vs. Pull Production

by Harvard Business School Publishing and Forio

$50 / seat
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Simulation Overview

Students manage the production facility of a computer manufacturer. Students work with both Push and Pull production triggering mechanisms, and explore the implications of each method for meeting demand, managing inventories, and managing capacity utilization. This exercise includes six configurable scenarios and an assessment quiz built in to the exercise.

Learning Focus

  • Develop intuition about production flow in a multi-stage process
  • Compare and contrast Push, Pull, and mixed systems of production planning
  • Understand the relationship between batch size and setup times
  • Understand how bottlenecks, capacity, and utilization impact production planning and inventory control
Topics Covered

  • Inventory Control
  • Production Planning
  • Operations Management
Additional Information
Duration

1 to 3 hours including introduction and debrief

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