December 31, 2017

MBA Core Management Knowledge - One Year Revision Schedule

The blog contains articles on all management subjects developed using the most popular book on the subject. You can read articles on the sybject of your choice or use the following schedule.

One Year MBA Knowledge Revision Plan

Revision Schedule

Current Month -  April  

January  - February  - March  - April  - May   -   June

July       - August     - September  - October  - November  - December

Subject Details of Each Month

January  (Principles of Management)
February (P.of M & Marketing Management from 23 Feb 2015 )

March (Mktg. Mgmt. & Operations Management from 17 March 2015)
April  (Supply Chain Management and Financial & Cost Accounting)

May  (Management Accounting & Organizational Behavior)
June (Innovation, Industrial Engineering and Economics)

July  (Economics, Engineering Economics, & Managerial Ethics)
August    (Statistics, Quality and Six Sigma, OR & BRM)

September (HRM, Mentoring, Training, Maintenance, Energy & Environment Management)  -  October  (Information Technology and Management Information Systems, Logistics - Warehousing and Transport)

November (Strategic Management & Financial Management)
December (Business Laws, Negotiation, Taxes and Government Relations)

Subject                                               Revision Period

Principles of Management                15 January   to   19 February

Marketing Management                    22 February to   16 March

Operations Management                   17 March     to    2 April

Supply Chain Management                 3 April       to  15 April

Financial & Cost Accounting            16 April       to  12 May

I am participating in April A to Z Blogging Challenge and I am writing on the theme Top Management Challenges.

Top Management Challenges.

Article 1: Awareness of Environment

Updated 1 April 2017.  22 February 2017,  10 December 2015

September 18, 2017

10 - 15 - 20 - 25 Activities and Skills for Success as Manager at All Levels

4P Model of Management

I developed 4P Model of Management. Managers have to undertake Four major activities.

Providing Value  - They have to identify opportunities to add value to potential consumers, communicate value to them and exchange value with them.

Purchase Inputs - Managers have to purchase inputs to provide value.

Process Inputs and Convert them into Valuable Outputs

People Relations - Business is for People, Business is by People and Business is with People

The 4Ps fall into Business Skills, Process Skills and People Skills.

Detailed article

You can see how various authors only prescribe these skills in their articles.

Peter Economy - 10 things that super successful leaders do.

It was published in the Corporate Dossier of Economic Times (22 May 2015). Peter Economy was the author.

The 10 things listed were:

1. Acknowledge
2. Motivate
3. Be Decisive
4. Communicate
5. Trust
6. Be Confident
7. Develop
8. Direct
9. Partner
10. Be Honest and Transparent.

Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman wrote in article in HBR Blogs.

The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level

The list given by them

Inspires and Motivates others
Displays High Integrity and Honesty
Solves Problems and Analyzes Issues
Drives for Results
Communicates Powerfully and Prolifically
Collaborates and Promotes and Teamwork
Builds Relationships
Displays Professional or Technical Expertise
Develops Others
Takes Initiative
Champions Change
Connects the Group to the Outside World
Establishes Stretch Goals
Practices Self Development.

Updated 19 September 2017, 21 May 2015

Principles of Management - Subject Update

Basic Chapter Summaries of Principles of Management Based on Koontz and O'Donnell's Book

4 Ps of Management - 4 Essential Tasks in Business Management
Provide value - Procure inputs - Process inputs (Produce output) - People focus

Productivity Focus of Management  - Industrial Engineering

Taylor - Narayana Rao Principles of Industrial Engineering

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June 2017

Change Management - How to manage the eight ‘change personalities’ at work?

Making Decisions in Meetings

May 2017

How to Retain Employees Through 'Servant' Leadership

April 2017

By studying and writing on Principles of Management, I became the original author of Principles of Industrial Engineering, a Management Subject with foundation in engineering.

Basic and Detailed Principles of Industrial Engineering

March 2017

Leaders have to manage the current activity to change it to make it better

March 2016

Seven Quality management principles (QMPs) 

by ISO  - Read them compulsorily if you have not read so far.

One of the definitions of a “principle” is that it is a basic belief, theory or rule that has a major influence on the way in which something is done. “Quality management principles” are a set
of fundamental beliefs, norms, rules and values that are accepted as true and can be used as a basis for quality management.

The QMPs can be used as a foundation to guide an organization’s performance improvement. They were developed and updated by international experts of ISO/TC 176, which is responsible for
developing and maintaining ISO’s quality management standards.

The seven quality management principles

QMP 1 – Customer focus
QMP 2 – Leadership
QMP 3 – Engagement of people
QMP 4 – Process approach
QMP 5 – Improvement
QMP 6 – Evidence-based decision making
QMP 7 – Relationship management

These principles are not listed in priority order.  All are important and the relative importance
of each principle will vary from organization to organization and can be expected to change over time in the same organization.

Seven Principles of Supply Chain Management

Principle 1: Segment customers based on the ser­vice needs of distinct groups and adapt the supply chain to serve these segments profitably.

Principle 2: Customize the logistics network to the service requirements and profitability of customer segments.

Principle 3: Listen to market signals and align demand planning accordingly across the supply chain, ensuring consistent forecasts and optimal resource allocation

Principle 4: Differentiate product closer to the customer and speed conversion across the supply chain

Principle 5: Manage sources of supply strategically to reduce the total cost of owning materials and services

Principle 6: Develop a supply chain-wide technology strategy that supports multiple levels of decision making and gives a clear view of the flow of products, services, and information

Principle 7: Adopt channel-spanning performance measures to gauge collective success in reaching the end-user effectively and efficiently

Seven Principles of Change Management

Senders and Receivers
Authority for Change
Value Systems
Incremental vs. Radical Change
The Right Answer Is Not Enough
Change Is a Process

The APICS Principles of Operations Management consists of five classroom-based, instructor-led courses.

         The Principles of Inventory Management

         The Principles of Operations Planning

         The Principles of Manufacturing Management

         The Principles of Distribution and Logistics

         The Principles of Managing Operations

A HBR article on Negotiation

Free Open Access Book


Source: In the World of Scientific Discoveries / V Mire Nauchnykh Otkrytiy . 2014, Vol. 60 Issue 11.11, p4244-4261. 18p.
Author(s): Danakin, N. S.; Shutenko, A. I.; Ospishchev, P. I.

Developing a Theory and Philosophy of Management
Chapter 1 of Pearson Book

November 2015

Innovation Excellence requires Ambidextrous Management

September 2015
New and Updated articles in area

Systems Approach in Management - Very detailed treatment is now posted

Execution is an important function of management

Planning and Execution - Theory and Practice

Resourcing is an important activity for all managers to accomplish set goals

May 2015

Negotiation: What Makes the Right Business Deal

Get the Boss to Buy In.

By: Ashford, Susan J.; Detert, James. Harvard Business Review. Jan/Feb2015, Vol. 93 Issue 1/2, p72-79.

Middle managers  gather valuable intelligence from direct contact with customers, suppliers, and colleagues; they can often see when the market is ripe for a certain offering, for instance, or spot signs that a partnership won't work. But in a top-down culture, they may not voice their ideas and concerns -- and even when they do, they often struggle to persuade the people at the top.

The authors suggest that middle managers should tailor their pitch to the goals, values, and knowledge of decision makers; frame the issue to show how it supports a strategic goal; manage emotions (their own and their audience's); get the timing right by, say, attending to a boss's preoccupations or watching larger trends; involve others, both in and out of their networks; and  adhere to organizational norms, such as how leaders prefer to receive information.


By: IHRIG, MARTIN; MACMILLAN, IAN. Harvard Business Review. Jan/Feb2015, Vol. 93 Issue 1/2, p80-87. 8p. 2 Color Photographs, 2 Diagrams.

Large-scale, sustainable growth is  possible when people take insights from one knowledge domain and apply them in another -- when deep technical expertise in one business unit is applied in a different business unit, for example, or when a best-in-class marketing group pulls a product development unit into the 21st century by sharing market insights gleaned from customer data.

The authors describe how to map your organization's strategic knowledge.  When knowledge assets are placed in a grid along two dimensions -- unstructured (tacit) versus structured (explicit) and undiffused (restricted) versus diffused (shared) -- it becomes easier to manage them for future competitive advantage.

Playbook - AMA NET

Interesting Source for Management Articles

Managing Power Dynamics in International Negotiations
About The Author: Yadvinder S. Rana is Professor of Cultural Management at the Catholic University in Milan, Italy, lecturer on intercultural negotiation and influence in leading international business schools, and founder of Neglob, a management consultancy firm that assists companies in international negotiations and global teams performance improvement. For more information about Rana and his new book, The 4Ps Framework: Advanced Negotiation and Influence Strategies for Global Effectiveness, please visit

The New Rules of Motivation: Unleash Employee Reciprocity
About The Author: Rodd Wagner is the New York Times bestselling author of the new book Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They’re Real People (McGraw-Hill, April 2015).

Only 10% are great managers.
Around 35% OK.

Principles of Management - Subject Update - 2014

Updated 19 Sep 2017,  7 June 2017,  7 May 2017,  8 April 2017,   12 March 2017, 26 Mar 2016, 16 Feb 2016, 11 Dec 2015

4 Ps of Management - 4 Essential Tasks in Business Management - Production or Service Businesses

Provide value - Procure inputs - Process inputs (Produce outputs) - People focus

Providing Value to Customers
Purchasing or Procuring Input Resources
Processing the Inputs into Outputs
People Relations

Every business manager has to do these four essential tasks. 
Every MBA must learn these four tasks.

They are classified by some management scholars as conceptual skills (business conceptual skills), technical skills (process skills) and people skills.

This blog,"Management Theory Review" provides you knowledge in all the essential activities through subjects - Principles of Management,  Marketing Management,  Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Industrial Engineering and Organizational Behavior.

In the blog, chapter summaries of chapters from world famous textbooks are provided. Additionally, important developments and articles of each subject are provided as subject updates of the year.  Readers comments are invited as suggestion, feedback, questions etc. for improving the content to make it more useful to the readers to utilize the ideas in practice and increase production and profits for the organization and the society. Management as a profession must increase pleasure of the society and reduce pain of the society. Management as a profession has social purpose. But we need to fulfill organizational purpose and purposes of individuals working for the organization to fulfill the social purpose.

Business is done by people, Business is done for the people , Business is done with the people.
People dimension is important for business.

But there is no business if someone cannot find a business opportunity. Marketing is important. Providing value to people is marketing and sales.

If unfulfilled demand for a category is found, there have to be sources of inputs and a process to convert inputs into useful products. Supply chain and  production process are important.

2Ps  of Industrial engineering - Productivity and Profits

Industrial engineering is profit engineering. Industrial engineers analyze systems and make them more productive and profitable. Industrial engineering is concerned with 2Ps - Productivity and Profits

An effective and efficient business organization or an industrial organization is created by managers or entrepreneur managers using multiple skills.   Acquire the knowledge, use the procedures under guidance for some time and become proficient in them. Have a successful managerial career.

Principles of Industrial Engineering



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Updated 19 September 2017, 17 May 2015

September 11, 2017

Lean Management - Management for Value and Productivity Enhancement

Lean Management for Productivity Enhancement
Presentation at Tata Steel
Dr. K.V.S.S. Narayana Rao, Professor , NITIE, Mumbai
Industrial Engineering Knowledge Center



Lean Management

Lean management gives importance to both effectiveness and efficiency.

Lean Managers simultaneously take care of customer satisfaction and productivity/ cost reduction responsibilities.

Hence lean management leads to more productivity in the organization.

It is appropriate that NPC came out with the theme “Lean Management for Productivity Enhancement”

"The core idea of the lean management system is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste." (7.3.2014)


Management is achieving objectives prescribed by owners/superiors, set by the manager himself and set in collaboration with the team members, together with the team with the resources provided to the team or acquired by the manager/team.

Soldier and Commander
Commander is a manager.
He may be a very good soldier himself.
Management is a lot more than being an expert doer.
But managers require the technical skills of a function they are managing.

Management Process

Resourcing (Acquiring various resources including human resources known as staffing)
Directing (Executing describes the management steps at this stage better)

Effectiveness and Efficiency

Managers have to be effective and efficient.
Effectiveness is achievement of objectives.
Efficiency is effectiveness combined with minimum consumption of resources.

No effectiveness - no efficiency.
Effectiveness first, efficiency next.

Scientific Management

F.W. Taylor advocated scientific management that highlighted the importance of efficiency in production shops.
Development of science of using machines and men in productive work is the theme of his management thought – scientific management
Taylor was responsible for development of industrial engineering discipline.

Principles of Management – Fayol

Management as a subject to be taught was advocated by Henri Fayol.
He gave 14 principles of management and explained management process.
He appreciated Taylor’s thought and advocated its wide adoption.

Principles of Management – Koontz

Koontz extended the 14 principles of management to around 30 and  embedded them in the five functions.
He stressed importance of effectiveness and efficiency in his first chapter. Also included some principles of efficiency in his list.

Koontz – Definition of Management
Management is the process of designing and maintaining an environment in which individuals, working together in groups, efficiently accomplish selected aims.

Koontz on Productivity
In a real sense, this book (Management) is about the improvement of productivity.
But  still, efficiency got neglected on a holistic basis in his book.
Industrial engineering is not mentioned in the book

Effectiveness and Efficiency as opposing ideas – An Error in Management Thought

Certain management authors positioned effectiveness and efficiency as opposing concepts.
They created tables showing differences between them.
Managers became isolated from the efficiency dimension.

Lean Management

Lean management philosophy brings efficiency back into the management discipline as a major component.
Managers must also have efficiency/productivity improvement skills
The Toyota Motors’ managers are to be given credit for this development.

Developments in Japan

Japanese executives captured the spirit of scientific management and industrial engineering almost from its birth in USA.
Industrial engineering was given a Buddhist religious dimension in the slogan-
Eliminate muda, mura, muri

Kiichiro Toyoda – Toyota Motors Founder
Kiichiro Toyoda was sure of the quality of his car.
But he was worried about its price.
He said unless its cost was reduced and price was reduced Toyota motors will not survive.

Effectiveness is there but Efficiency is the need.
So according to Kiichiro Toyoda, effectiveness was there.
Japanese customer is happy with the car.
But efficiency is not there.
Cost of production is high and hence price is high.

Manager’s Focus on Productivity/Efficiency
Therefore Kiichiro Toyoda’s focus shifted to productivity.
More and more managers were asked to focus on productivity.
Productivity in other words is cost reduction

Taichi Ohno
Taichi Ohno is a production manager.
Started concentrating on cost reduction.
Used Industrial Engineering.
Toyota Style Industrial Engineering.

Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineering is reducing cost of a product and increasing profit by increasing sales due to low prices.
Industrial engineering is profit making engineering (Ohno).
The other engineering is market-establishing and fulfilling engineering.

Industrial Engineering –  Definition or Explanation by Narayana Rao K.V.S.S. 

Industrial Engineering is Human Effort Engineering and System Efficiency Engineering.

JIT Systems - Lean Management

Kiichiro Toyoda looked around his production-distribution system for eliminating muda (excess resources).
Inventory seemed to him an excess resource.

He told his managers, that they have to think of JIT systems or low inventory systems.
Thus Kiichiro Toyoda is the man who first advocated JIT.

Taichi Ohno – JIT, IE and Productivity Activities

Reduce inventory – Create flow production.
Increase worker productivity
Use more automatic machines
 Make a worker attend more machines.
Make machines intelligent. No defective unit production

The change must be good.
The change must be profitable.
Do proper economic analysis.
Importance of Engineering Economic Analysis.
Low “lot size” inventory requires lower setup times.
Reduce setup times.

Shigeo Shingo, now a famous industrial engineer, helped Ohno.
Setup times for big presses were reduced to 3 minutes from earlier 2 to 4 or even 8 hours.

Low Safety Stocks
Systems have to be reliable and production should not result in defective parts.
Involve people in process quality improvement - TQM
Machines should not breakdown.
Improve maintenance and involve production workers also in machine upkeep

Emphasize on high availability of machines for production.
Do preventive and planned maintenance.
Condition monitoring employed for planned maintenance.
Maintenance for high available production time.
Total productive maintenance.

Low Inventory
Only a day’s inventory as buffer
Between components and assembly section only a days maximum consumption of each item is kept (as an illustration).
Components are made in small batches as per the use on that day.
Communication by Kanban.
Low inventory systems are lean systems

What is a lean system?

A system that satisfies customer requirements with a very low level of inventory.
It is a system that uses less resources than mass production systems based on traditional inventory principles.
Hence lean systems produce products at lower costs vs. high inventory systems.

Lean Manager

Lean managers use all management principles and techniques along with all the industrial engineering tools and also tools specially developed in Toyota Production System and its further development as Lean Enterprise System (Womack and Jones, The Machine that changed the World)

Is Lean Applicable to Steel Plants?
Tata Steel is itself following some lean practices.
Its managers are talking of lean at least since 2001. May be lean movement started some time before.

Recent Publications
2003 Phd thesis on application of lean in a steel plant.
Lean supply chain practices in steel plants
Value stream mapping and reduction of production lead time in steel plants.
Optimizing inplant supply chain(PPC) using Lean.

Traditional Industrial Engineering Tools Applied in Lean Systems

Value engineering
Process and Operation Analysis (Method Study )
Standardization of Processes and Working Conditions
Motion Study and Principles of Motion Economy (5S)
Standardization of the Process
Time Study and Time Standards

Optimization and Operations Research
Statistical Methods to Control Variation
Engineering Economics

A Different IE Tool Classification
Product Design Efficiency Engineering
Process Efficiency. Engg.
Human Effort Eff. Engg.
Efficiency Engg. Of Various Resources

Process Efficiency Engineering - Classification
Technical Processes
Business Processes
Managerial Processes

New Ideas and Tools in Lean Systems

Just in Time Production - Change in Inventory Control Practices
Just in Time Supply
Kanban Communication System - Change in Production Planning and Control Procedure
Special Focus on Seven Wastes
Zero Defect Movement

Total Quality Control (Inspection by production persons only - no additional inspector) Total Productive Maintenance (Involving production operators significantly in preventive maintenance) Aggressive Kaizen (Team leaders responsible for monthly improvement in processes)

Visual Communication (Standard Work Sheets, Daily Targets and Production, and Problems)
Value Stream Mapping to identify and remove obstructions to flow
SMED (Application of methods study to setup time reduction)
U-shape layouts
Poka Yoke

Leveled production or production smoothing
Mixed model assembly or flexible production facilities
Supplier process improvement
Supply chain cost reduction led by Assembler.

Seven Waste Model – Waste and Elimination Principle or Technique
Waste of overproduction - One cannot produce without a production Kanban
Waste of time on hand (waiting)  - Multiple machines to an operator, all producing as per tact time.
Waste in transportation - Machines in line or flow placed close together

Waste of processing itself - Standardized Methods
Waste of stock on hand - JIT system
Waste of movement (of workers) - Machine layout changes
Waste of making defective products - Problem solving approach to produce zero defects. 5 Why’s?-Poka Yoke

Let us Hope

Hope Management Professors, Managers, Executives, Supervisors and Operators learn the new development in management – Lean Management.
High Customer Satisfaction and High Productivity  (No tradeoff).
Hope Industrial Engineers become Lean System IEs and Support Managers at all levels.

Thank You

Additional reading:

Toyota Production System - IE Point of View - Shigeo Shingo

Industrial Engineering - Foundation of Toyota Production System Chapter 1 to 3 of the book - Presentation
Toyota Production System Industrial Engineering - Shigeo Shingo Chapters 4 to 10
Introducing and Implementing the Toyota Production System - Shiego Shingo Chapter 11 of the book

Presentation was done on 14 February 2014 at Tata Steel, Jamshedpur, Steelenium Hall

A McKinsey Article - Next Frontiers for Lean - Feb 2014 - Ewan Duncan and Ron Ritter

The further development in lean has to provide more scientific insight into how product and service attributes contribute to customer value; what matters most for improving classic lean variables, such as lead time, cost, quality, responsiveness, flexibility, and reliability; and new opportunities for cross-functional problem solving to eliminate anything that strays from customer-defined value.

Principles of Industrial Engineering - Presented by Dr. K.V.S.S. Narayana Rao in the 2017 Annual Conference of IISE



Industrial Engineering Knowledge Revision Plan - One Year Plan

January - February - March - April - May - June

July - August - September - October - November - December

Updated 12 September 2017, 18 February 2014

August 26, 2017

Digital Transformation of Business and Industrial Organizations - Subject Update


KPMG declared leader in digital transformation consulting
Jul 12, 2017

KPMG was recently named a leader in the IDC MarketScape awards titled “Worldwide Digital Transformation Consulting and Systems Integration Services 2017 Vendor Assessment”. The award process noted that under times of turbulent change and economic challenges many firms around the world were calling upon KPMG to help them through the process challenges. KPMG have been identified for their strength in aiding organizations to begin the transformation process, and the disruptions this can bring, while maintaining their place within a competitive market.

Evolve Or Die: Why Digital Transformation Is More Important Than Ever
Four areas of focus for Digital transformation

Davos 2017 - Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

World Economic Forum


Published on 19 Jan 2017
What is needed from the public and private sectors to ensure that the Fourth Industrial Revolution benefits all of humanity?

- Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India
- Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company, USA
- Marc R. Benioff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce, USA; Young Global Leader Alumnus
- Shu Yinbiao, Chairman, State Grid Corporation of China, People's Republic of China
- Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys, USA

Chaired by
- Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Davos 2017 - Press Conference: The Digital Transformation of Industries


World Economic Forum,  Published on 19 Jan 2017

The World Economic Forum launched the multi-year Digital Transformation of Industries Project in 2015 in partnership with Accenture. The project looks at how digital technologies like machine learning, cloud computing, and the internet of things are changing existing industries and creating entirely new ones. It makes recommendations to incumbents on how they can thrive in the new digital environment.

There are now hundreds of startups attacking traditional markets as a result of the democratization of technology, increased access to funds and a rising entrepreneurial culture. Start-ups are achieving scale far quicker than analogue companies ever did. Average Fortune 500 companies took 20 years to reach a market cap of $1 billion, Google managed it in eight years, and the likes of Uber, Snapchat and Xiaomi in three years or less. 88% of Fortune 500 companies from 1955 – 2015 no longer exist. Digital disruption has been a major driver of this, consequently Fortune 500 companies must use their considerable resources to fight off the attacks of leaner challengers and remain relevant in a digital age.

- Bruce Weinelt, Head of Digital Transformation, World Economic Forum
- Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director, Strategy and Sustainability, Accenture
- Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International Inc.
- Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and Information Communication Technology,        Ministry of Youth and Information and Communication Technology of Rwanda

Moderated by
- Alem Tedeneke, Media Specialist, World Economic Forum LLC


3 Industries That Will Be Transformed By AI, Machine Learning And Big Data In The Next Decade
Bernard Marr
SEP 27, 2016
Healthcare - Finance - Insurance

Digital Transformation Playbook

Prof. David Rogers, Columbia Business School

June 2016, Columbia Business School

Updated on 26 Augsut 2017,   22 August 2017, 7 June 2017, 14 April 2017

Organization Design - New Ideas


In "The New New Way of Working Series," published the article, "Boosting Performance Through Organization Design" dated JULY 17, 2017 authored by By Fabrice Roghé , Andrew Toma , Stefan Scholz , Alexander Schudey , and JinK Koike.

The authors reported that analysis of the same survey results suggests that six specific factors in organization design can make a company more likely to become a top performer, with faster growth and higher profits than its peers. The six factors are:

Agile ways of working
A value-adding corporate center
Clearly delineated profit and loss (P&L) responsibilities
A flat management structure with a strong frontline focus
Effective use of shared services
Strong support for people and collaboration

For more information on agile read the article

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