Teaching Cases

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The Minnesota Beer Game $5.00 Buy Now
The Beer Game is the most popular supply chain game in MBA programs around the world. The purpose of this game is to: (a) Demonstrate supply chain dynamics, (b) demonstrate the bullwhip effect, (c) teach important supply chain management principles, and (d) motivate discussion for how to improve a supply chain. The Minnesota Beer Game is different from the standard Sterman Beer Game in several ways. The main differences are that the Minnesota Beer Game uses terms more consistent with those used by practicing managers, has much simpler information flow, and does not require special placemats or materials. As a result, the Minnesota Beer Game is simpler for students to play and for instructors to manage – without losing any of the teaching value of the game.

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The New Product Development Process at Medtronic $5.00 Buy Now
This case overviews Medtronic’s new product development organization with emphasis on the NPD gates, design for manufacturing, and product teams.

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The Operations Strategy Exercise $5.00 Buy Now
This is a teaching exercise that leads the participants through a multiple step analysis of a firm’s operations strategy, core competence, and infrastructure alignment. The final result is a set of process improvement projects that are aligned with the overall strategy.

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The Paperclip Production Game $5.00 Buy Now
This two-page teaching case is a simple but interesting production game, much like many Lego games on the market. The teaching points include lotsizing, push versus pull, bottlenecks, utilization, pacing work center, early detection of defects, anchoring, cycle time, cross-training, job enlargement and enrichment, setup cost, blocking, starving, non-value added work, and learning curve.

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The Pit Stop $5.00 Buy Now
This one-page case starts with an amazing video of a very fast (18 second) pit stop for a Formula 1 race car. The case emphasizes setup reduction concepts such as off-line setups and the use of setup teams. It also provides a good opportunity to develop a causal map for (1) a successful process and (2) to conduct risk mitigation.

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The Red Bead Experiment – Teaching note $5.00 Buy Now
This is a short teaching note for the famous Red Bead Experiment. This teaching note includes both the teaching points for the Red Bead Experiment and actions items for management.

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The Riverwood Bible Church Move the Trailers Project $5.00 Buy Now
This short case was written for leaders who are struggling with connecting strategy and execution. The scenario is a pastor who is struggling with decision rights, job descriptions, and governance. The teaching points of the case focus on the need to drive out ambiguity regarding responsibilities by using tools such as job descriptions, project charters, and the RACI matrix.

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The Service Guarantee at Entergy $5.00 Buy Now
This is a fun teaching case that starts with a short commercial (video) that shows the firm’s service guarantee. The case teaches about the danger of a service guarantee.

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The Star Wars T-Shirt Buy $5.00 Buy Now
This short case provides a simple example of a newsvendor problem with a reward system/alignment context.

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The Toy Car Company: A Materials Requirements Planning Example $5.00 Buy Now
This short case gives students the opportunity to create a materials plan using MRP.
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WESTEL Rádiótelefon Kft $5.00 Buy Now
This teaching case tells the story of how US West started a cell phone business in Hungary.
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