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Southern International University’s Assignment Dilemma

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Southern International University’s Assignment Dilemma

 

Southern International University, a reputed college in Stephenville, Texas, enrolls close to 20,000 students. In a typical town-grown relationship, the school is a dominant force in the city, with more students (especially during Fall and Spring) than permanent residents.

The University planned to conduct an international conference on innovative teaching methodologies. The major requirements for the conference were identified. Naveen Patnaik (Naveen), a doctoral research scholar, was made responsible for the publications...............

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Southern International University’s Assignment Dilemma

 

Prerequisite Conceptual Understanding

  • • Jay Heizer, et al., “Chapter 14: Short-Term Scheduling”, Operations Management, 9th Edition, Pearson Education, 2008

 

Synopsis

This caselet facilitates understanding the concept and importance of assignment method with the backdrop of an assignment dilemma faced by Naveen Patnaik (Naveen), a doctoral research scholar, at Southern Internatinal University. The University, which was a reputed college in Texas, planned to conduct an international conference. As part of preparations for the conference, Naveen was made responsible for the publication activity. He had to arrange for the advertisements, brochures, logos, conference proceedings, etc. After required enquiries, he had to select the vendor from the four persons who would be cost-effective. After enquiries he found that each one of the four was an expert in one field. Naveen decided to assign one job to each one based on their expertise. He was wondering how to assign the jobs so that it would be costeffective as well as ontime.

Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of this caselet discussion, students are expected to know:

  • • The concept of Assignment Method
  • • Applications of the assignment method for loading jobs or assigning people to projects
  • • How to minimize cost using the assignment method

 

Assignment Questions

  • I. What is Assignment Method?
  • II. How to apply the assignment method for loading jobs or assigning people to projects?
  • III. ..........

 

Teaching Plan

This Teaching Note follows a sequential order as presented in the Teaching Plan [Annexure (TN)-I].........

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Abstract


This caselet facilitates understanding the concept and importance of assignment method with the backdrop of an assignment dilemma faced by Naveen Patnaik (Naveen), a doctoral research scholar, at Southern International University. The University, which was a reputed college in Texas, planned to conduct an international conference. As part of preparations for the conference, Naveen was made responsible for the publication activity. He had to arrange for the advertisements, brochures, logos, conference proceedings, etc. After required enquiries, he had to select the vendor from the four persons who would be cost-effective. After enquiries he found that each one of the four was an expert in one field. Naveen decided to assign one job to each one based on their expertise. He was wondering how to assign the jobs so that it would be cost-effective as well as ontime.



Pedagogical Objectives

  • To understand the concept of Assignment Method
  • To understand the applications of the assignment method for loading jobs or assigning people to projects
  • To discuss how to minimize cost using the assignment method



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