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Performance at 3 levels:

Operational level: operational objectives.

Strategic level: risk & resilience, capital utilisation, service & revenue, efficiency & cost, and capability for innovation.

Societal level: social (people), economic (profit) and environmental (planet).

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Polar diagrams

Used to indicate the relative importance of each performance/operational objective to an operation or process.

3

Flexibility

Associated with an operation's ability to change.

4

Trade-offs

'Do you want it good or do you want it tomorrow?'
Trade-offs in operations are the way we are willing to sacrifice one performance objective to achieve excellence in another.

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Operations strategy =

Operational objectives + operations planning

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4 stage model of operations contribution

1. Correct the worst problems.
2. Adopt best practice.
3. Link strategy with operations.
4. Give an operational advantage.

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3 roles of operations in relation to strategy

Operations as an implementor of strategy,
Operations as a supporter of strategy,
Operations as a driver of strategy.

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Top-down perspective of operations strategy

What the business wants the operations to do.

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Bottom-up perspective of operations strategy

What day-to-day experience suggests operations should do.

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Operations resources perspective of operations strategy

What operations resources can do.

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Market requirement perspective of operations strategy

What the market position requires operations to do.

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'Fit'...

Operations strategy must attempt to achieve 'fit' between market requirements and operations resource capabilities.

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Structural operations strategy decisions

The 'hardware' of the operation.

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Infrastructural operations strategy decisions

The 'software' of the operation.

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Operations resources can give a sustainable competitive advantage if they are...

Scarce,
Not very mobile,
Difficult to imitate,
Difficult to substitute for.

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4 stage process of implementing operations strategy

Formulation, implementation, monitoring, control (and repeat).