Discuss the individual contributions that could be made by a cross-functional team to the following list of activities. Assume the team consists of engineering, manufacturing, and supply management personnel.
a. Specifications Development
b. Market Analysis
c. Productivity/cost improvements
d. Make or buy analysis
e. Determination of inventory levels
To kick this off let me say that being able to effectively participate and lead cross functional teams is critical to effectively implementing supply chain management. Cross functional equates to diversity meaning that you have individuals with different skill sets and motivations (based on their respective organizations). Harnessing this expertise and working through the natural barriers that exist is truly a challenge that requires effort to achieve the desired end state…that is to resolve issues and problems and/or to deliver viable alternative solutions.
The forum question reflects this diversity placing it in the context of specific teams and actions.
Instructions: Initial responses to the discussion board postings should include the following three elements at a minimum:
(1) Your original opinion or thought about the question.
(2) Evidence that backs up your point of view (if citations and references are used they should be in APA format)
(3) Demonstration that you are connecting the dots, that you are using critical analysis skills. Two ways to do this are by providing examples that relate to your life/work or providing an analogy that relates to the discussion topic.
The key requirement is to support your analysis using the terms, concepts, and theories from the required readings in order to demonstrate to me that you understand the material.
The real value in the Forum comes from your application of the required readings and how you assess your classmates’ perceptions of that knowledge. I encourage you to insert your opinions and real world experiences just as you would in a face to face classroom.