This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Ford Achieved 75% Reduction In Head Count In Its Accounts Payable Department By Reengineering. What Did Ford Reengineer?

1100 words - 5 pages

1.Ford achieved 75% reduction in head count in its accounts payable department by reengineering. What did Ford reengineer?2.What are the features of this reengineering and how has IS contributed to it?3.Besides the reduction in headcount, what are other benefits, if any, of this reengineering? Explain your answer.1. These remarkable results were achieved not by applying automation to the existing process but by using shared data and database technology as an enabling tool to completely redesign the way vendor accounts are paid.In the old system, when Ford's purchasing department wrote a purchase order, it sent a copy to its accounts payable department. Later, when material control received ...view middle of the document...

When the goods arrive at the receiving dock, the receiving clerk checks the database to see if they correspond to an outstanding purchase order. If so, they are accepted and a transaction is entered into the computer system. If not, the shipment is returned to the vendor. Since the system matches the goods received with the purchase order, there is no need for the vendor to send an invoice --- the system is able to send out a cheque immediately, with no discrepancies.Through reengineering, Ford cut the required number of manual accounting transactions and reconciliations associated with processing and paying for the goods it used from nine to three, thereby producing "a 75% reduction in head count, not the twenty percent it would have got with a conventional program."2. Some of the principles of reengineering are listed as follows and the fundamentals of Ford's reengineering process relate to them closely:Principle: Design jobs around outcomes, not tasks.One of the inherent problems of Ford's old model was that it created separate jobs for different people to essentially perform a similar function, which was to perform the final job of issuing payment for goods received. Ford's new model combined these logically-related tasks into a single process, using a shared database, accessible to all. This was essential for the accounts payable department to retrieve information and perform payments quickly. It is now possible for one customer service representative to collate all information and have this information at hand should a customer need it.Principle: Capture information once and at the source.This is one of the key features of Ford's new process. Information that was required, when making the payment for goods, was immediately captured and locked into the central database. This information is stored there and there are no physical invoices flying around leading to confusion. It is also essential that the information is entered at the source because there is less risk of inaccuracy as a result of time delay.Principle: Subsume information-processing work into the real work that produces the information.Ford's old model had its accounts...

Other Essays On Ford Achieved 75% Reduction In Head Count In Its Accounts Payable Department By Reengineering. What Did Ford Reengineer?

To What Extent Did Hitler's Power Depend Upon The Use Of Propaganda And Terror In The Period From 1933-1939?

831 words - 4 pages Modern History EssayTo what extent did Hitler's power depend upon the use of propaganda and terror in the period from 1933-1939?Adolph Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in January 1933 and his power depended upon propaganda for the Nazi's and terror. This essay will attempt to show how the Nazis used fear and propaganda to sustain power during the 1930s.Once Hitler became Chancellor he set out to establish a one-party state using the legal

What did Young think would be a good way to create social mobility in British society? - History - Homework

558 words - 3 pages 1. What did Young think would be a good way to create social mobility in British society? Young was a person who fundamentally believed in meritocracy. He thought that if people from all classes get opportunities to have a higher education, social mobility will come eventually. He founded the Open University in 1969. Which became the largest academic institution in the UK by enrollment. He didn’t consider education only for social mobility, he

1.) For What Reason Did President Truman Decide To Use Atomic Weapons To End The War In The Pacific?

557 words - 3 pages savedthousands of lives. How is this true when ten yearslater there was an increase of children dying ofleukemia and other diseases caused by radiation? In hisbook, The Threat of Impending Disaster, Robert J.Lifton, talks about how the survivors appeared healthyfor over ten years and suddenly their hair would fallout unexpectedly and they would die. When I was youngerI read a book called Sadako and the Thousand PaperCranes by Eleanor Coerr. Sadako Sasaki, a

"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas. What was/were the ongoing theme(s) of this novel? Explain and support your answer

514 words - 3 pages his enemies.Yet when he sees Villefort's dead son, a truly innocent victim, the count realizes that he has gone too far. For the first time he comes to the realization that perhaps he doesn't have the gift of Providence, the right to punish others. In efforts to reconcile these feelings, Monte Cristo arranges the marriage between Maximilien and Valentine.At first he hopes to punish himself by committing suicide, but when Haydee admits her love

To What Extent Did Cromwell's Rise To Prominence By 1646 Depend On Personal And Social Ties?

840 words - 4 pages that Cromwell achieved through his religion of Puritanism have also been seen to aid his rise to prominence by 1646. Firstly, the fact that he was elected as a member of parliament for the constituency of Cambridge, after only living there for a short while after elections had in fact been called, has been attributed to these socio-religious ties. Indeed, this influence may have appealed to the voters, but instead of any social or personal ties

What role did Christianity play in the mental health of the active soldiers during World War II? - History of the Americas - Research Paper

576 words - 3 pages 4 IB History HL Internal Assessment What role did Christianity play in the mental health of the active soldiers during World War II? Section 1: Identification and Evaluation of sources This investigation will explore the question: What role did Christianity play in the mental health of the active soldiers during World War II? The dates 1939 to 1945 will be the centralized time period in which the investigation occurs. This allows an in-depth

Why Did The Bolsheviks Suceed In Gaining Power In 1917?

546 words - 3 pages ). The Provisional Government had shown its own weakness when they called upon the Red Army to stop the Kornilov Revolt. Not only had the army also abandoned them,the Provisional Government had shown they were incapable of keeping control.The final part of the Bolsheviks' succession to power was the careful planning of the October/November revolution in 1917, helped immensely by the support of the Russian army, the Red Army and several artillery

What America Believes In

855 words - 4 pages When George W. Bush admitted that he asked God for advice on Iraq, he made the war a religious one. I believe that asking a deity what to do in a situation where thousands of people could die is immoral. Government officials should consider basic moral arguments when laying out courses of action, instead of relying on a mythical force to guide them.I wouldn't be surprised if the Christian God actually wanted George Bush to be president, as Bush

What is Politics in Defence of Politics by Bernard Crick? - University First Year - Essay

1013 words - 5 pages POL105 – What is Politics? In Defence of Politics by Bernard Crick, What is Politics: The Activity and its Study by Adrian Leftwich and Structures of Power by J.J. Schwarzmantel explore the definition and relevance of politics in their respective texts. All three authors explain the meaning of politics and its relation or importance to political tools such as power, state and resources. Although, their definitions of the subject differ in many

By What Methods Does Mann Suggest A Political Meaning In Mario Und Der Zauberer?

1815 words - 8 pages Mario und der Zauberer was written in 1929 at which time the Fascist regime led by Mussolini was firmly in place in Italy. This is where the book is set. Thomas Mann's audience, though, was in Germany where fascist tendencies were rising because of widespread resentment of economic chaos since the end of the First World War and by appealing to the feelings of anger at the country's defeat. Although this story can essentially be read without

Prompt: What Is The Role Of Sarpedon In The Iliad? Iliad By Homer

730 words - 3 pages "So the immortals spun our lives that we, wretched men live on to bear such torment...." This one statement, made by the godlike Achilles to King Priam in the last chapter of the book, provides the reader a contextual summary of what the Greeks believed was their role in the universe. Robert Fitzgerald translated The Iliad, composed orally by Homer three thousand years ago. The Iliad, among many other themes contained in the poem, is an

Similar Papers

Guilt And Loss In Natasha Trethewey’s “Myth” Nation Ford High School/ Ap English Essay

1478 words - 6 pages at the same time offering new information and insight on the material. This is exactly what Trethewey did in “Myth.” She emphasizes the speaker’s grief by using this type of poem. Grief dominates the first line of the poem “I was asleep while you were dying” (Trethewey 1). This could be taken literally as in she was asleep while her mom was dying, but most likely it is meant to be taken more metaphorically. The word asleep could mean that

Migration & Urban Slums In Nigeria & Its Environmental Impact University Of Lagos, Department Of Sociology, 300level Assignment

3491 words - 14 pages also developed in major Nigeria cities due to increasing urban poverty, failed government policies which brought further hardship to the urban poor. It is obvious that without active intervention by national governments, rapid unplanned urban expansion will greatly exacerbate what is already a human disaster as slums life consists of insecure employment, state persecution and eviction miserable existence and extreme poverty. Slums are noted for

How Far Did Fascist Italy Succeed In Realising Its Totalitarian Ambitions (15.04.2018).Docx Leaving Certificate/Undergraduate Italian History, Mussolini, Fascism

4664 words - 19 pages publicly justified and legitimised itself as totalitarian. This essay will examine the totalitarian ambitions of Fascist Italy. It will show that rather than create a fully totalitarian state what Mussolini succeeded in creating was an authoritarian state. What he succeeded in doing was building a personality cult based on charismatic leadership. He did not succeed in building a totalitarian state with a strong doctrine. By aiming in practice to

How Is Paranoia Achieved In The State Of Oceania? English Essay

1363 words - 6 pages a week passed in which The Times did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak (...) had overheard some compromising remark and denounced its parents to the thought police” (Pg 27). The younger and newest generation in Oceania is manipulated from their first day on Earth by the Inner Party, which makes it challenging for the children to have trust in anyone but The Party. Manipulating the children is a significant