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Consequences of the modified system

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    Assignment ID: FG133136324

    MGT603 Systems Thinking – Torrens University Australia

    Learning Outcome 1: Analyse, select and apply systems modelling tools in integrating, optimising and enhancing business processes within contemporary organisations

    Learning Outcome 2: Synthesise technological and non-technological solutions to business problems that promote integration and that optimise whole-of-enterprise operations

    Assessment Task and Context

    There are two approaches towards improving systems, short-term approaches that normally addresses the symptoms and rarely help understand and address the cause of the problem, and long- term approaches, which allow managers to address the real cause(s) of the problem. In this assessment, students will try to solve a practical problem by using Systems Thinking tools called System Archetypes combined with value stream mapping.

    MGT603 Assessment 3 is about uncovering the complexities in operations management generally, identifying key themes, intended and unintended consequences and proposing a holistic solution to the problem using a Systems Thinking lens. The following scenario study provides you with a brief overview of a hypothetical problem. Be aware that the scenario provided may not cover every detail that you will need to address in the Written Report, in which case, you will need to conduct additional research, including further research on how emergency departments function in any hospital.

    Scenario Overview
    Consider yourself as part of a team responsible for managing the operations of an emergency department of a public hospital. The emergency department has received feedback from patients suggesting that the patient wait times need to be improved. The value stream map of the current operations is shown in the attached diagram.

    “You have been tasked with improving patient turnaround time by reducing the current time to half”. To complete the task you are required to “identify the various System Archetypes that affect the operations of the hospital and the emergency department itself” and based on the archetypes, develop a future State Value Stream Map of the emergency department.

    You will require to identify and critically analyse the intended and unintended consequences, recommending holistic solutions that will optimise the operations of the emergency department without compromising the performance of other functions of the hospital.

    Executive Summary Table of Contents
    1. Introduction/Background

    2. Main Discussion

    Analysis of the current state Value Stream Map of the emergency department based on system archetypes

    Identification and analysis of the system archetypes that may impede performance

    Recommended new State Value Stream Map with desired reduction in patient turnaround time

    Discussion on Intended and unintended consequences of the modified system

    3. Conclusion

    4. Recommendations

    5. References

    Students require to make significant references to the subject material and substantial wider reading. A minimum of five (5) academic-related (e.g. peer-reviewed journal articles, books chapters, university resources, conference papers) and a minimum of two (2) other references (e.g. newspaper articles, industry reports, and etc.) are required in this assessment. References to ‘Wikipedia’ or similar unsubstantiated sources will not be accepted.

    Attachment:- Systems Thinking.rar


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