Choosing a great topic for your graduate, master or doctoral dissertation may feel like one of the biggest pressures yet. The students generally spend months and perhaps years on this research project, and completion of their PhD or master’s degree is contingent upon their success. While choosing a topic for the dissertation, one should always choose a topic he or she loves, the advisor finds interesting and is knowledgeable about, helpful in his or her career path, establishes his or her niche in the chosen field and last but not the least importantly, is a manageable topic. All these factors, if considered while choosing a dissertation topic, will make the task much easier and interesting. To help prepare for your operations dissertation, this article suggests topics for you in the areas of Total Quality Management (TQM), innovation, supply chain, inventory management, production scheduling, product development, dynamic pricing, industrial risk management, logistics and manufacturing
Supply chain is one of the crucial organisational elements of any manufacturing organisation. The planning, design and effective control of supply chain is of utmost importance to the success of the organisations. The organisations need to evaluate and improve continuously their supply chain process and techniques involved in controlling, measuring and developing new solutions. For a topic within this area for your operations dissertation, please see the suggestions below.
Inventory management is one of the crucial elements of supply chain management in an organisation. The organisations need to have effective process, tools, techniques and quality measures in place to effectively manage the inventory level and optimise cost. The inventory management has lots of challenges and it requires proper planning and execution of adopted processes and technologies to manage it in an efficient way. Suggestions for operations dissertations on inventory management are:
Production planning is the function of establishing an overall level of output, called the production plan. The process also includes any other activities needed to satisfy current planned levels of sales, while meeting the firm’s general objectives regarding profit, productivity, lead times, and customer satisfaction, as expressed in the overall business plan. The managerial objective of production planning is to develop an integrated game plan where the operations portion is the production plan. You could base your operations dissertation on any of the following topics.
Product development (NPD) is the term used to describe the complete process of bringing a new product or service to market. There are two parallel paths involved in the product development process: one involves the idea generation, product design, and detail engineering; the other involves market research and marketing analysis. Companies typically see new product development as the first stage in generating and commercialising new products within the overall strategic process of product life cycle management used to maintain or grow their market share. If you are interested in research New Product Development (NPD) further for your operations dissertation, the following topics may be useful.
Service Design is the activity of planning and organising people, infrastructure, communication and material components of a service, in order to improve its quality, the interaction between service provider and customers and the customer’s experience. The increasing relevance of the service sector, both in terms of people employed and economic importance, requires services to be accurately designed. An operations dissertation on the design of services could include:
Variable, dynamic pricing is a key characteristic of e-commerce pricing, allowing for prices that change or fluctuate due to different variables, conditions, and situations. Being able to manage dynamic pricing strategies is a key ability for companies wishing to succeed in the world of e-commerce, according to professors at the University of California-Irvine Graduate School of Management. The forces of supply and demand are leading variables that dictate pricing. An operations dissertation on dynamic pricing would make for very interesting reading.
The majority of industrial and engineering operations are in the risk world. Almost everything done involves probabilities and consequences. The future can never be predicted 100% and there are a lot of factors that contribute to uncertainty, for example, external influences (oil prices, political changes, etc.), equipment characteristics (reliability, availability), materials, contractor’s performance and suppliers, organization complexity, human errors and bad communications. This is a very important issue within the business world and make for an excellent operations dissertation.
Logistics is the management of the flow of goods, information and other resources, including energy and people, between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet the requirements of consumers (frequently, and originally, military organisations). Logistics involves the integration of information, transportation, inventory, warehousing, material-handling, and packaging. Logistics topics for your operations dissertation could include:
Manufacturing strategy is a functional strategy. The concept of manufacturing strategy is often traced to Skinner’s 1969 Harvard Business Review article, “Manufacturing – Missing Link in Corporate Strategy”. Skinner suggested a top-down approach to manufacturing. Manufacturing objectives should be derived from business objectives, and then manufacturing policies developed to address these objectives. Supply chain management (SCM) is the combination of art and science that goes into improving the way your company finds the raw components it needs to make a product or service and deliver it to customers. Possible topics for your operations dissertation are:
Total Quality Management (TQM) is a business management strategy aimed at embedding awareness of quality in all organisational processes. TQM has been widely used in manufacturing, education, call centres, government and service industries, as well as NASA space and science programs. If you are looking at the area of Total Quality Management for your operations dissertation, the following topics may be useful:
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