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Integrated Case Project: System Feedback Loops for National Presto Industries Inc.

BACKGROUND

In this final Case of the Integrated Case Project, you will take a look at feedback loops in National Presto Industries, Inc. Identify one Balancing Loop and one Reinforcing Loop. Draw on the background readings from this module in constructing your diagnosis. Within each of these feedback loops there are opportunities for learning and improvement.

REQUIRED READING:

Bellinger, G. (2004) Introduction to systems thinking. Retrieved from http://www.systems-thinking.org/intst/int.htm

CASE 5 ASSIGNMENT:

You need to present two cases in this paper. For each Feedback Loop (Balancing and Reinforcing) Make a Case for the Learning Opportunities.

Be sure to include references.

KEYS TO THE ASSIGNMENT:

This is what you need to do:

*Generate evidence for the grounds of your cases. Describe each Feedback Loop that you identify in National Presto Industries, Inc. and explain why you selected them. Make sure you explain the Loop, the cause and effect process within the Loop. You could also include a Causal Loop Diagram. If you do, show the arrows and direction of affect (+ or -). Also, determine what the warrant is for your case.

*Briefly discuss the theory of organizational learning (the warrant and additional grounds.

*Identify the opportunities for organizational learning in each Feedback Loop. Make a Case that these are learning opportunities. Logically show how the feedback process provides an opportunity for the organization to learn and improve its performance. Be precise. Depth and breadth in your discussion is always a good thing.

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Company profile

National Presto is a company that operates in the appliances industry and does business through three business segments that include housewares and small appliances, defense, and absorbent products (Reuters, 2011). the housewares and small appliances is responsible for manufacturing and marketing household wares and electrical appliances that include deep fryers, canners, coffee makers, electric kettles, pressure cookers, waffle makers, electric heaters and timers. This business segment produces a wide range of product portfolio thus offering customers a diversity of products.

The company has a subsidiary known as AMTEC Corporation that comprises the defense segment. This business segment is responsible for defense products that it sells to the government and its contractors. Some of the products produced in his segment include ammunition, cartridge cases, precision products and initiators and firing devices (Reuters, 2011). The absorbent segment manufactures and sells diapers and incontinence products. The housewares and small appliances segment sells it products directly to retailers while the absorbent segment sells to distributors and other manufactures who produce absorbent products.

National Presto has different business segments and within this segments there are various product units thus it requires the use of feedback loops to ensure that company operations generate desired results. The use of feedback loops includes utilizing output from one cycle to increase or decrease effect in the next cycle. The company is operating in a highly competitive market thus it requires developing procedures for continuous improvement in order to gain competitive advantage. Utilizing feedback loops enables an organization to maintain its business processes aligned with organizational goals (Strand & Soderstrom, N.D).

The two types of feedback loops that we are going to focus on in National Presto include reinforcing loop and balancing loop. A reinforcing loop is an output whose effect is more on similar action thus it either results in increase or decrease. A reinforcing loop occurs when output from one process or cycle results in increase in another cycle. Another type of feedback loop is balancing loop whereby output from one cycle has a decreasing effect on the next stage. Balancing loops are often used when an organization wants to solve a problem by bring two processes together thus they operate optimally.
Feedback loops should not only be used when a problem arises in the business but should be continuous thus an organization can identify changes in the business and develop adequate measures to address the need. There are ...

Solution Summary

This solution is based off the Integrated Case Project, in which there is a look into feedback loops in National Presto Industries, Inc. In so doing, one Balancing Loop and one Reinforcing Loop are identified and evidence generated for the grounds of the cases. This solution is approximately 1500 words.

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