1. What is the systemic view of operations? Identify the input, process and output for the following production systems.
(i) Automobile manufacturing
(ii) Nursing home
2. How could the Delphi method be used to predict for 5 years into the future, the demand for the hospital beds in a given community? Under what circumstances would you recommend use of Delphi method?
3. Discuss the relative advantages of product layout and process layout. Mention situations when product layout and/or process layout is used.
4. What is Just-in-time production? Discuss some characteristics of Just-in-time systems.
5. Discuss various vendor-rating techniques? Why an organization should try to rate its vendors?