On-Line Discussion 1 Productivity & Efficiency (a) While it is true that increases in efficiency

On-Line Discussion 1
Productivity & Efficiency 

(a) While it is true that increases in efficiency generate productivity increases, is it
possible to get caught in an “efficiency improvement trap’?
Explain what this means (b) It has been said that a typical Japanese automobile manufacturer produces more
cars with fewer workers than its US counterpart What are some possible
explanations for this, given the fact that all major Japanese companies are
producing large numbers of automobiles in plants located in the US?

(i) Identify the two major differences between service and manufacturing organizations
Find an example of a service and manufacturing company and compare them, briefly

(ii) Identify three current trends in operations management and describe them How do
you think they will change the future of operations management (OM)?

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