Part I. It is claimed that: “In today’s economic and industrial environment, a systems approach to the
design and operation of manufacturing and supply is more important than ever.” Do you agree with this
statement, and why?
Relate your discussion to the characteristics of the “three industrial revolutions”, and the key concepts
of systems approach.
Part II. Based on your understanding of the “prototype system model” and the necessary conditions for
a system to functions effectively, discuss the following:
a) The business success of Walmart operation
b) Compare disaster management of Irma and Katrina
Part III. Apply your understanding of systems concepts and systems approach to a situation of your
choice: describe the situation in systems terms (structure, communication/control, etc.), and then utilize
your understanding of the generic conditions regarding systems structure and operation, and discuss
whether this system has a good choice of being effective in reality (i.e.: relate the situation to the
prototype system model and the list of required conditions for effective system operation; discuss: is the
system properly structured and managed? If not, how can it be improved?)
Length and Structure
Maximum number of pages: 6 (including figures and pictures, 1.5 lines spaced).
Please properly “section” your report, so that it follows the format of a typical technical report. For
Section 1 ….(presentation/discussion)
Section 2 ….(presentation/discussion)
It is important to refer to references that you can find from relevant sources. You are encouraged to use
illustrations, examples and references to enhance your presentation and discussion in the report
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