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Novak, Ralph S.||Hackamack, Lawrence C. (Lawrence Carroll), 1921-

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Management


Labor productivity; Production control


The demand for watches has frequently undergone radical changes during a brief time span. This characteristic requires the manufacturer to be responsive to changes in planning production. Skilled labor is a major resource which must be planned carefully and controlled to meet these sudden changes in demand for the product. Through analysis of company records and interviews with manufacturing personnel, it was determined that most of the data necessary for forecasting labor requirements was available or could be constructed. A tentative systems design was established for forecasting labor requirements with the help of a random access computer. A number of conclusions were developed as a result of this study. The principal finding was that an effective labor forecasting system could be devised. However, certain factors could not be analyzed and should be subjected to further study. Due to the company's lack of experience with a new production scheduling and inventory control system, it was not possible to determine how these systems interacted. As a result, it was not practical to measure the effects of this interaction. The program developed by this study was subsequently adopted by the management of the watch company and implemented as a regular part of the production planning procedures. It has proven the conclusions of this study in an actual business environment.


Includes bibliographical references.


87 pages




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