Although demand for enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in China has been steadily increasing, many such implementation projects have ended in failure. Keda Industrial Co. Ltd. (Keda), a manufacturer of large-scale machinery in China, had successfully deployed its ERP solution. This case study documents Keda’s ERP initiative from conception to its deployment and offers insights into the factors and practices that contributed to its success in the Chinese cultural context.
Case Name : Six Sigma Implementation at Maple Leaf Foods
Authors : P. Fraser Johnson
Source : Ivey Publishing
Case ID : 905D16
Discipline : General Management
Case Length : 12 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
Six Sigma has become a popular management philosophy adopted by several large companies, including Maple Leaf Foods, as a means of reducing waste systematically. The plant manager at the Rivermede plant is preparing for a meeting with the senior manager to discuss the new initiative Six Sigma @ the Edge. Based on the success of Six Sigma at this plant, it was chosen as a pilot for this new initiative. Students will develop a deeper understanding of Six Sigma and the challenges associated with embedding it in the organization.
The Siemens Kalwa factory in Mumbai, also referred to as Kalwa Works (KW), started in 1973 with the production of motors and later diversified to produce switchgears and switchboards. By 2009, 40 per cent of all Siemens India employees were working in Kalwa and contributing 45 per cent of the total Siemens India production. Kalwa had become the most important business centre for Siemens India. In October 2006, Siemens AG decided to implement lean manufacturing in the Kalwa factory as part of a worldwide rollout of the Siemens Production System in all its medium-voltage facilities. The implementations were expected to bring drastic improvements in labour productivity, lower inventory levels, and higher throughput to improve the factories’ financial performance. The lean program promised that the factory’s current realized capacity of 4,000 panels per year could be increased by approximately 50 per cent to 6,000 panels per year in the medium term within two years, and to about 12,000 panels within the next four to five years. While the benefits of successful implementation were attractive, the company faced several challenges, including restructuring the organization, getting staff on board to accept and facilitate the change, and handling resistance from internal and external stakeholders. This case provides an opportunity to analyze and discuss lean implementation issues for a global multinational firm in the Indian context.