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Master of Business Administration- MBA Semester 2 Fall 2013

MB 0044 - PRODUCTION AND OPERATION MANAGEMENT

Q1. State the important considerations for locating an automobile plant.
Q2. Explain essentials of Project Management Philosophy.
Q3. Several different strategies have been employed to assist in aggregate planning. Explain these in brief.
Q4. Illustrate the different methods by which quality is sought to be achieved using various tools and techniques.
Q5. Explain the basic competitive priorities considered while formulating operations strategy by a firm?
Q6. Explain briefly the four classification of scheduling strategies.

MB0045 – Financial Management

Q1. TCS has emerged as India's most admired company ahead of Hindustan Unilever, ITC, and Infosys, says global management consultancy Hay Group. TCS replaced last year's winner group company Tata Steel by scoring highest on parameters such as corporate governance, financial soundness, and talent management. Two criteria in particular, Leadership, and Creating Shareholder Value separated the winners. How do you think effective interaction between HR and finance department of a firm helps in achieving its skills? Do you think that TCS has preferred the profit maximization approach over the wealth maximization approach?
Q2. A) The current price of an Ashok Leyland share is Rs. 30. The company is expected to pay a dividend of Rs. 2.50 per share which goes up annually at 6%. If an investor’s required rate of return is 11%, should he or she buy this share or not? B) A bond with a face value of Rs. 100 provides an annual return of 8% and pays Rs. 125 at the time of maturity, which is 10 years from now. If the investor’s required rate of return is 12%, what should be the price of the bond?
Q3. a) How do you think the trend of capital structure across the Indian corporates affect the economy as a whole? b) What proportion of debt and equity should be taken up in the capital structure of a firm? c) Discuss the theories that are propounded to understand the relationship between financial leverage and value of the firm.
Q4. HPCL was established in 1952, operates from 500 different locations, including refineries, terminals, LPG plants, aviation service facilities, etc. They developed a Lotus Notes workflow tool and deployed it across the organisation so that any capital investment proposal from any operating location in the country can be routed to relevant reviewers and approving authorities. With the implementation of the new online system, the total cost savings as a result of reduced man-hours amounts to about Rs 25 lakh per annum. 1. What do you think would have been the complexities involved in implementing this new project at HPCL? 2. What are the various phases in the capital budgeting process? To what extent do you believe that automation can ease out the process?
Q5. A) Indicate whether the operating cycle in the following industries is short (less than 30 days), medium (less than 6 months) or long (more than 6 months) Steel, rice, vegetables, fruits, jewelry, processed food, furniture, mining, flowers and textiles b) Companies with the shortest working capital cycles have current ratios much lowerthan the firms with longer cycles. What is your view on this statement? How do you think the operating cycle affects operating profit margins? c) Discuss the relationship between working capital management and market performance of a company? Do you think the kind of relationship varies depending on the type of industry?
Q6. Nirma acquired Core Healthcare Ltd. in FY 2007. To bring about improvement in terms of liquidity in the script of the Company , it has gone for a stock split because it hasn’t had any buyback in the recent past. Nirma paid Interim dividend in 2007 to avoid the higher dividend tax announced in that year’s budget. Henkel, on the other hand, has a very weak Dividend Policy. The major reason being that the company has weak operations and low margins. There is no record of Stock Splits and Buybacks by Henkel India in the past. Discuss the dividend polices of these two companies.

MB0046 – Marketing Management

Q1. Explain the stages in the new product development process.
Q2. Explain the various types of retailers and wholesalers.
Q3. Describe the steps in business buying process.
Q4. Explain the product mix pricing strategies with examples.
Q5. Advertisement is a media which conveys message about the product. It is important to understand different types of advertisement to attract the attention of the people to a product and service. Find out the various forms of advertisement.
Q6. Explain the forms of customer relationship and the reasons behind losing customer by organization.

MB0047 –Management Information System

Q1. A waiter takes an order at a table, and then enters it online via one of the six terminals located in the restaurant dining room. The order is routed to a printer in the appropriate preparation area, the cold item printer if it is a salad, the hot item printer if it is a hot sandwich or the bar printer if it is a drink. A customer’s meal check-listing, bills the items ordered and the respective prices are automatically generated. This ordering system eliminates the old three-carbon-copy guest check system as well as any problems caused by a waiter’s handwriting. When the kitchen runs out of a food item, the cooks send out an ‘out of stock’ message, which will be displayed on the dining room terminals when waiters try to order that item. This gives the waiters faster feedback, enabling them to give better service to the customers. Other system features aid management in the planning and control of their restaurant business. The system provides up-to-the-minute information on the food items ordered and breaks out percentages showing sales of each item versus total sales. This helps management plan menus according to customers’ tastes. The system also compares the weekly sales totals versus food costs, allowing planning for tighter cost controls. In addition, whenever an order is invalidated, the reasons for the invalidation are keyed in. This may help later in management decisions, especially if the invalidations are consistently related to the food or the service. Acceptance of the system by the users is exceptionally high since the waiters and waitresses were involved in the selection and design process. All potential users were asked to give their impressions and ideas about the various systems available before one was chosen. a. What is the type of information system the above scenario is referring to? b. How does this system helps later in management decisions related to food or service based on the reasons for the invalidation which are stored c. How this system does helps in finding out the performance of the hotel form year to year?
Q2. a. With the increase in technology the business processes have been frequently changed and modified based on the upcoming requirement of the organization. What is this type of concept called as? b. Explain reverse engineering. How do you improve a process in BPR
Q3. a. While implementing MIS in any organization change can occur in number of ways. List and explain the steps in the process as suggested by Lewin’s model. b. Compare between prototype approach and Life Cycle approach
Q4. Quality is abstract in nature. It varies among users and across industries. List and explain the quality parameters with suitable examples. Also explain the effect of each quality parameters on information processing.
Q5. Write short notes on a. Neural Networks b. B2B model with an example c. DSS Models d. Administrative control e. Distributed database
Q6. A project is composed of 9 activities the three estimates of time in weeks for the activities are given below in the following table. 5
ActivityImmediate predecessorsOptimistic timeMost like time durationPessimistic time
A--5810
B--182022
C--263340
DA161820
EA152025
FB6912
GC71012
HD789
IF, E34

a. Draw a PERT Network b. Determine the expected time and variance for each activity c. Determine earliest and latest occurrence time of each event d. Determine the critical path for the network

MB0048 –Operations Research

Q1. Discuss the methodology of Operations Research. Explain in brief the phases of Operations Research.
Q2. a. Explain the graphical method of solving Linear Programming Problem. b. A firm produces three types of products viz., A, B and C, which are processed on three different machines viz., M1, M2 and M3. The time required to process on unit of each of the products and the daily capacities of machines available per day are given in the following table. The profit earned by selling one unit of type A, B and C is Rs.10, Rs.15 and Rs.20 respectively. It is assumed that what all is produced is consumed in the market. Formulate this as Linear Programming Problem to maximize the profit.
MachinesTime per unit (minutes)Machine capacity available (min.)
Product AProduct BProduct C
M1532400
M24-3500
M3521300

Q3. Explain the steps involved in finding Initial Basic Feasible solution by the following methods: a. North West Corner Rule method b. Vogel’s approximation method
Q4. Explain Monte Carlo Simulation method. What are the advantages and limitations of Simulation?
Q5. Explain the Characteristics and Constituents of a Queuing System.
Q6. a. What do you mean by dominance? State the dominance rules for rows and columns. b. What are the differences between PERT and CPM?

MB 0049 - PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Q1. Describe the CPM model. Briefly explain.
Q2. Define risk management. What are the different types of risks that can affect a project?
Q3. Briefly discuss the steps to close the project.
Q4. Discuss the various steps of PMIS planning
Q5. What are the important approaches to project control?
Q6. Describe the project planning process and explain it in detail.