Computer-aided design at Kandu
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Management Practice Seminars Computer-aided design at Kandu Student Name: Thao Minh Nguyen Student Number: 053951452 Date: 10/03/2007 Seminar Leader: Mike Mattock Case Study Report: Computer-aided design at Kandu Introduction Understanding technology and change at work organization form has stimulated a large body of research. Early studies were concerned with developments in production technology and the effects of different levels of mechanization on the structure of jobs and experience of work. As advanced technology is increasingly being implemented in modern organizations, which implies a significant expectation of improving in productivity, Cummings and Blumberg (1987) emphasized the vital role of redesigning appropriate work structures in order to meet such expectation. Nevertheless, choosing the most appropriate form of work organization which has to be consistent with the current organization culture and structure is not an easy task for any companies. Kandu plc is not an exception. To the extent of this case study which is also the terms of reference of the coming meeting at Kandu, the following problems are addressed: 1. Identifying the working party body 2. Determining further investment decision in CAD 3. Restructuring work organization form accordingly 4. Allocating machines between designers Background Kandu plc is a large multidivisional company with its main line of business is the production of specialised components for another major industry.
On the other hand, flexibility would enable Kandu to be more adaptive to work pressures change. Last but not least, machine allocation is another key issue which caused a great deal of hard-thinking for Kandu in general and for the engineering design manager in particular. Some solutions can be suggested namely: individual workstations, shift-working and shared-facilities. Evaluation of alternative choices 1. Working Party: Employee motivation and commitment plays vital role in the success of a business. Motivation and commitment come from the fact that each employees feel like as if they were a part of the organization, of a family. Hence, perspectives and suggestions of all interested groups should be taken into account. Consequently, employer-employee relationship at Kandu would be improved by the means of creating more communication, trust and motivation. Nevertheless, a large number of workers involved in the decision-making process require skilful leaders and a formal structure in order to function effectively. The idea of setting up a union should be considered since the current labour divisions and the scale of the workforce at Kandu is relatively large and complex. Through a union, all type and level of workers such as CAD and non-CAD designers, production machine designers and Kandu's product designers would be co-ordinated and presented.
However, in the medium or long-run, individual machine with greater flexibility and worker satisfaction would definitely be the advantage. Conclusions Leading in the use of technology does not necessarily guarantee success for Kandu. It has been strongly emphasized by number of scholars and analysts that the need for choosing an appropriate and complementary work organization form is also vital when implementing new technology. The lack of trainings and long-range planning that takes into account future directions and capital investment plans prevents Kandu to take advantage of all potential benefits which CAD system can offer. By working together as a team, non-CAD and CAD would have mutual gains i.e. improving in productivity and reducing work pressures. Shift working is not the answer for Kandu since workers will have to work around the clock thus effects their working life substantially. In the short run, it is possible to use sharing facilities systems to have better chance in sharing experiences, ideas and communication. Therefore, utilisation level is increased. Nevertheless in the medium and long term, providing individual machines and eliminating rigid division between production machine design and product design has to be considered as they possess enormous advantages.
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