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Operations Management
Critical Path or Network Analysis ­ Text Book

To achieve productive efficiently mangers will want to plan projects as effectively as
possible to ensure that time and resources are not wasted. To help in this planning
process manages may use a Critical path / Network Analysis. It…

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be used rather than arriving too early and be sitting around taking up space and costing
money or arriving late and delaying the whole project.

Calculating the earliest start time is therefore an important part of developing a lean
approach to a project ensuring people and materials are coordinated and…

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May be able to produce items or develop products more quickly than the
competition and therefore gaining a competitive advantage.
Network analysis can be a key element in time based management
Just in time production can be implemented using the earliest start times
identified in the CPA and therefore materials…

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Operations Management
Critical Path or Network Analysis ­ Class Notes

Network analysis is a way of showing how a complex project can be completed in the
shortest time possible. It identifies the activities that must be completed on time to
avoid delaying the whole project. The objectives are to ensure…

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When drawing a network striking to short lines across the critical activities indicate the
critical path.

Time is vital not only because it affects costs but also because it can provide a crucial
marketing edge. Careful production planning can also help to get a firms new product to


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