Module 6 : Planning for Efficiency
Planning for Efficiency focuses on how companies can make the best use of time, materials, and human resources in the context of changing social, environmental, and market realities. Students learn about historical changes in the way that people think about time and work, and explore how these changes, along with advances in technology, have shaped the ways in which businesses manage their resources. Through role plays, simulations, and case studies, students try out and analyze various approaches to resource management and production planning.
In this module, students learn how to use resource management tools, including the critical path method and value stream mapping, and they apply these tools to planning and scheduling tasks in their own lives and in several business meetings. Students also develop skills for conducting effective meetings. In an ongoing project, teams research and observe a local business to see how it manages its time, materials, and human resources.