Operations Management Exercise

Push vs. Pull Production



$50 / seat

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

This simulation comes with a Teaching Guidebook for the facilitator along with 1:1 training sessions, free trials, videos and more.


This simulation is by Roy D. Shapiro, Harvard Business School Publishing, and Forio

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