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I am working on a project that would provide a comparison of one operational area of Ford Company vs. one successful Japanese car maker (Toyota, Honda...). For example, would need to describe operational strategies (manufacturing, supply chain) for mid size cars and recommend improvements for Ford.

This would be in the area of Operations and Value Chain Management.

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One of the key reasons for Toyota's success in the automobile industry is its unique production system, known as the Toyota Production system. It includes aspects of Jidoka, just-in-time production, and kaizen, reducing both inventories and defects. Jidoka is not letting a defect go from one machine to the next, particularly in automated machinery; essentially, it adds the ability to detect unacceptable quality during the process of production rather than waiting until the end, when it may be hidden. Just-in-time production is the principle of having parts ready just as they are needed, rather than maintaining inventories across an assembly plant and in warehouses. Most writers tend to focus on the cost savings from having less capital tied up in inventory under this system, but there is another advantage: ...

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Ford vs. Japanese car makers (mid size cars) improvements - Operational Management

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You are to develop the fundamentals of strategic plans for the Ford Motor Company and the Honda Motor Corporation, two giants of the automobile industry. You are to develop SWOT analyses and propose strategies for the two multinational enterprises. In doing so, it will be necessary to research, analyze, and compare both firms to better understand their current position and future plans to increase competitive advantage. Common problems facing each auto giant today are the current economy; the competition of the other auto firms; and the demand for a lower cost, more ecologically friendly, alternative fuel vehicle. Your research should include the following issues for both firms:

legal, social, and economic environments
management structure
operational and financial issues
impact of potential change factors
an analysis of strategic intent
future performance projections for at least five years
social and external challenges
current manufacturing facilities and distribution systems
market demand and demographics
alternative fuels and propulsion systems
Your document must evaluate, compare and contrast Fordâ??s and Hondaâ??s current position on these issues, then respond to the following:

Take the perspective of Fordâ??s Director of Strategic Planning to develop a full SWOT analysis of Ford, identifying and explaining at least five factors for each category (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) and propose a complete strategy (implementation, ramification and evaluation) which addresses one of Fordâ??s weaknesses and what you would do about it.

Take the perspective of Hondaâ??s Director of Strategic Planning to develop a full SWOT analysis of Honda, identifying and explaining at least five factors for each category (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) and propose a complete strategy (implementation, ramification and evaluation) which addresses one of Hondaâ??s weaknesses and what you would do about it.

If you were Honda, propose a complete strategy (implementation, ramification and evaluation) explaining what would you do about the alternative fuel vehicle issue?

Objective:

Analyze the relationships between a firm and the political and economic forces within its community.

Apply critical thinking skills to analyze business situations.

Use effective communication techniques.

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