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Strategic Management of Resources January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013

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Strategic Management of Resources Exam

Abbreviated Exam Content
The table identifies the three main topics of the exam. The relative importance of these topics varies among industries, but, the percentage figures given below show the percentage designated for each section on the exam. Diagnostic part I Main topic Understanding the business environment Developing the operations strategy Implementing the operations strategy Percent of exam 25 percent

II. Developing the Operations Strategy The operations strategy development process must align with the business strategy and reflect the analysis of the business environment. This includes the processes of identifying, evaluating, and choosing among alternatives in the context of the business strategy. Understand the significance of the following factors in developing the operations strategy: A. Performance Objectives/Goals: Choosing how success is determined. B. Product/Service Design: Matching firm capabilities and processes to market needs and product life cycles. C. Structure and Infrastructure: Making capital (structure) and organizational (infrastructure) choices. D. Coordination Strategy: Aligning internal operations and external supply chain partners. E. Measurement: Recognize that measurements must support performance objectives. F. Logistics: Understand forward and reverse supply chain design, which includes logistics assets ownership and operation and outsourcing options such as third- and fourth party logistics (3PL and 4PL) G. Organizational Commitment Process: Understand issues necessary to gain broad management acceptance of the operations strategy recommendation, as demonstrated by a commitment of resources H. Risk Assessment: Understanding the sources and probabilities of risk, the risk tolerance of the organization, as well as prevention and recovery strategies in developing the operations strategy.


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Content Outline
I. Understanding the Business Environment Operations strategy must be integrated with the business strategy of the firm, reflecting the external environment, as well as organizational priorities and philosophies. The operations strategy development process must capture and assimilate that information to provide context for alignment with business strategy. Operations strategy development must consider the following business environmental factors. A. Globalization/Location Issues: Understand and evaluate strategic issues arising from global B. Information Evaluation and Prioritization: This section addresses identification and evaluation (including prioritization) of key information from environmental scanning. C. Sustainability: Understand the importance and implications of the three parts of sustainability (economic, environmental, and social) to the organization, stakeholders, and supply chain.

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III. Implementing the Operations Strategy This section addresses the strategic leadership activities, leadership roles, and responsibilities that lead to the successful implementation of the operations strategy. A. Risk Management: Understand the actions required to offset existing and changing risks. B. Change Management: Understand the strategic elements of successful organizational change. C. Infrastructure Systems: Configuring the following systems as implementation of the operations strategy. D. Structural Deployment: Implementing required modifications to existing operational structure(s) consistent with the operations strategy.

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