Module 5


After reading through the case
study, write a 3- to 5-page essay describing the implementation of lean
manufacturing at the LGRA plant.

To what extent does lean manufacturing help GM to control
production to meet customer needs, and how does this help to make GM

Do you think the implementation of Lean provides a good example
of the ‘control’ aspect of management?

Keri, V. B., & Marietta, L.
B. (2010). First in, first out: A case study of lean manufacturing’s
“success” in North America’s automobile industry. Human Organization,
69(3), 263-274.


Study the Background Materials.

Identify key concepts (main aspects of controlling, make a list
of them, and study them.

Read Business Week articles in-depth and conduct additional
research, if necessary.

Identify facts in the case that match concepts of controlling
(organizational structure (or lack of them), decision-making, financial
controls (cost-cutting) operating standards, culture).

Apply these concepts to facts in the case in order to develop
your arguments.

Please also visit the company website and conduct further

Toyota has grown dramatically
and (as per article) it does not seem to have developed structures. It has also
followed cost-cutting strategies, which are financial controls.

Assignment Expectations

In order to developgood
business communication skills
, it is recommended you write
papers using the following structure, using headlines and titles.

Introduction(road map, explain main issue and list and
main points)

: Develop each point in the Introduction, applying theory to
facts, in subsections (one subsection per main point).

In this case,
subsections of causes of recalls and a subsection of general discussion and

Summarize main paper points

List of

Your Sources


Mod 5
SLP Assignment

For the
present assignment please provide an essay that identifies key organizational
efforts that are (or would be) among the most useful or important in your
chosen organization to assure control of important organizational processes.
Focus in particular on the core technologies of the organization. You can
discuss control efforts and strategies already utilized by your company, and/or
make recommendations that you believe would be useful for your organization to

your essay with a thesis statement in the introductory paragraph that
identifies what you consider to be the key organizational control efforts that
are (or would be) important to the success of your organization, and then
develop a persuasive essay to support your thesis.

to use background readings to support your key arguments and to cite and
reference your sources. Your goal is to convince your professor, who will
require some well-reasoned and well-supported arguments. Actual examples of
control and accountability systems in action and how they work in your
organization will also help to add support to your arguments, but you need to
be more than descriptive. You also need to explain how and why the the controls
work and why they are needed.

grading rubric below has been developed to measure student success in meeting
the MGT301 5 SLP expectations related to applying business theories and problem
solving. Rubrics for the other two courses are included in their assignments.

Assignment Expectation






Demonstrates the ability to
organize content logically, concisely, and in a appropriate manner to
understanding the functions of control.

There is no logical sequence
of information. Wording is rambling and unfocused

Paper does not follow a
logical sequence.

Paper follows a logical
sequence. There are some minor problems with topic transitions. Introduction
and/or conclusion are not clear.

Paper follows a logical
sequence with an effective introduction and conclusion. Each segment relates
to others in a carefully planned framework.

Demonstrates the ability to
support a central point or viewpoint throughout the paper.

Insufficient elaboration
and/or support (e.g., summaries, listings) in the paper.

Limited elaboration and/or
support in the paper.

Support with some specific
details and elaboration in the paper.

Support through both specific
details and elaboration apparent in the paper.


Demonstrates the ability to
address an identifiable purpose in paper—the implementation and use of
control in the organization.

The purpose is not
identified, is unclear, or inappropriate in the paper.

Purpose is occasionally
unclear in the paper.

Clear purpose, but not
consistently sustained throughout the paper.

Clear purpose sustained
throughout the paper.

Demonstrates the ability to
gather and sort information and data on a particular subject matter or topic.

Does not have a grasp of
information and appropriate data. Topic is poorly developed. Supporting
materials are absent or vague. Trite ideas and/or unclear wording reflect a
lack of understanding of topic.

Seems uncomfortable with
information and data. Topic is evident but with little or no elaboration.

Seems comfortable with the
information and data. Topic is evident with some supporting details.

Demonstrates full knowledge
of the topic with explanation and elaboration. The topic is well developed,
effectively supported, and appropriate for the assignment. Critical thinking
is clearly and creatively expressed. Data choices are well thought out.


Demonstrates the ability to
use appropriate word choice and grammar in the speech.

There are many sentences with
grammatical errors. Some sentences are incomplete/halting, and/or vocabulary
is somewhat limited or inappropriate.

There are a few sentences
that are complete and grammatical. Word choice is not always appropriate for

Sentences are generally
complete and grammatical, and they flow together easily. With a few
exceptions, words are chosen for their precise meaning.

All sentences are complete
and grammatical, and they flow together easily. Words are chosen for their
precise meaning. Word choice illustrates grasp of content and enhances

Demonstrates the ability to
make an effective speech outline that is free from bias (e.g. sexism, racism,
ageism, heterosexism, etc).

Language chosen for a
presentation is inappropriate and exhibits bias. Uses clichés, slang, jargon,
racist, or sexist language. Some readers may be offended.

Language chosen for the paper
is free from bias with one or two minor exceptions.

Language has no apparent
bias. There is some inappropriate language.

Language is completely free
from bias.

instuction on writing papers, proper referencing, etc., read Trident’s Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality
Academic Paper

SLP Assignment Expectations

In this
paper, your ability to think critically and provide insightful analysis is the
key. You do not want to just describe a few organizational control efforts, you
need to bring together ideas, examples and background readings to convince your
professor that your thesis statement is sound. Remember to organize your paper
for clarity and document any outside resources.

following criteria will also be used to assess your paper:

>Precision: Does
the paper address the question(s) or task(s)?

>Breadth: Is
the full breadth of the subject, i.e., all the keys to the assignment,

>Depth: Does
the paper/report address all elements of the topic in sufficient depth? Does it
include and apply the background readings and other background resources? Are
they included as references?

: Are the concepts of this module applied accurately, logically,
and relevantly?

>Organization: Is
the paper organized in a coherent and systematic manner? Are headings included
in all papers greater than 2 pages?

>Clarity: Is
the writing clear and the concepts articulated properly? Are paraphrasing and
synthesis of concepts the primary means of response to the questions, or are
thoughts conveyed through excessive use of quotations?