Learning Activity #1 Production
Identify a multinational firm from the Fortune 500 List.
- Discuss where the firm’s products are produced, whether the company produces in a single country or several key locations?
- Have they changed their production strategy to move manufacturing from the US to another country, or back to the US after years of outsourcing?
- What factors would a firm consider when deciding to move manufacturing abroad?
- How has technology enabled outsourcing?
Learning Activity #2 Quality Control
Explain why quality control is important for a service business such as Sprint Nextel? Discuss the benefits of quality control for a service business and the methods a company might use for controlling quality?