NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center? Slam Dunk!

NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center? Slam Dunk!

For the third time, the 2018 NBA All-Star weekend will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The organizers underscore how experience with hosting major events such as the Grammy Awards and the NBA Finals facilitates the planning and execution of a successful project. Despite being planning pros, though, it took two years of intense preparation to make a slam dunk.

This post is based on the Los Angeles Times article, When the NBA All-Star Show Comes to Town, It’s ‘Managed Chaos’, by P. Coro, February 15, 2018. Image source: PureStock / SuperStock.

Discussion Questions

1. Projects are said to involve nonroutine activities. Can hosting the All-Star weekend at the Staples Center be considered a project if the event already took place in Los Angeles in 2004 and 2011?

Guidance: Discuss the characteristics of projects: unique operations, limited time frame, large number of activities, high cost, variety of skill requirements, multiple teams, etc. Despite past experience with similar projects at the Staples Center (non-unique), the activities are hardly “routine.” Moreover, new infrastructure and programs create new logistical challenges. This project does involve a limited time frame, a very large number of activities, and a high cost. Continue reading

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Fiat Chrysler and the $1 Billion Upgrade

Fiat Chrysler and the $1 Billion Upgrade

January 29, 2018

In the latest announcement in its ongoing restructuring of US manufacturing, Fiat Chrysler will invest $1 billion to modernize its plant in Warren, Michigan.

The plant currently produces Ram 1500s. Production of the next version of the 1500 will shift to another plant, allowing the modernized Warren plant to manufacture two new Jeeps.

In 2020, Fiat Chrysler will also shift production of Ram Heavy Duty trucks to Warren from Saltillo, Mexico, resulting in a net increase of 2,500 jobs at the plant.

This post is based on the NY Times article, Fiat Chrysler to Spend $1 Billion to Modernize Michigan Plant, by Neal E. Boudette, January 11, 2018.

Discussion Questions
1. What is the trend for auto demand in the US?

Guidance: Two major trends include growing demand for larger, roomy vehicles instead of compact and midsize cars, and growing pressure from the government to bring foreign auto production back to the U.S.

2. What is Fiat Chrysler’s response to the trends above?

Guidance: The company will make more trucks and fewer cars, shifting production of sedans to light trucks at its Sterling Heights plant, retooling its existing Warren plant to focus on producing Jeeps and heavy duty Continue reading

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