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MGT635: Operations Strategy (July-Sept. 2014) CASE QUESTIONS 1. ELECTROSTEEL CASTING LTD (1) What are the key success factors for Electrosteel? Is international expansion a good idea? (2) What is your evaluation of opportunities either to expand either in Vietnam or in France? How do these alternatives compare (at a minimum include operational, financial and marketing considerations)? (3) As Das what is your recommendation going ahead? How would you implement your plan? 2. ITT AUTOMOTIVE: GLOBAL MANUFACTURING STRATEGY (1) What are the implications for both cost and flexibility of automation? Do you agree with the assertion made by one of the managers in the case: "If you automate, you stagnate?" (2) What are your recommendations regarding the issue of standardizing process technology across all plants? Are there motives behind this proposal, other than those stated in the case? (3) As Juergen Geissinger, how would you go about implementing your recommendation? How would you overcome resistance from the plants? As Steve Dickerson, the plant manager at Asheville, North Carolina, what line of reasoning would you use to convince senior management that full automation is the less desirable alternative? (4) As Klaus Lederer, what option would you like to see pursued? How do various options fit into the broader corporate strategy of ITT Automotive? 3. AMERICAN CONNECTOR (1) How serious is the threat of DJC to American Connector Company? (2) How big are the cost differences between DJC’s plant and American Connector’s Sunnyvale plant? Consider both DJC’s performance in Kawasaki and it’s potential in the United States. (3). What accounts for these differences? How much of the difference is inherent in the way each of the two companies competes? How much is due strictly to differences in the efficiency of the operations? (4). What should American Connector’s management at

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