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Optimizing the xyz process for Project Pro-curement at Company X

Schubert, Benjamin (2020) Optimizing the xyz process for Project Pro-curement at Company X.

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Abstract:The xyz process within the department of Project Procurement at Company X was intro-duced as a tool for monitoring and tracing schedules and timelines for construction parts of car architectures. Based on insights received during an internship at Company X in 2019, the process is not applied or applied insufficiently. Core issues, such as deviations in de-grees of application and cooperation with suppliers created the starting point for this bache-lor thesis targeted at revealing problems disrupting the application of the xyz process of Project Procurement at Company X in City Y and the generation of a potential solution design. A modified version of the Field Problem-Solving Project of Van Aken and Berends (2018) was applied combining theoretical aspects of Project Procurement and the Stage-Gate methodology with practical insights gathered through 5 semi-structured interviews within Project Procurement at Company X. Besides verification and extension of problems and solution proposals from experts, the interviews served to validate or criticize a developed solution model based on findings received from the literature review. Results after analysis of the interviews question the necessity of the xyz process, as it demands tasks and responsi-bilities for effort and information, which are already covered in other systems leading to redundant work. Based on the initial purpose of the xyz process, a lack of milestone tracing for software, legal aspects and licenses were identified as gap, which is neither covered in daily business activities nor within the process. Furthermore, the study reveals redundancy of information and manual effort. It stresses the request of employees for centralization of data and automation of processes. The validated solution model is based on a comprehen-sive platform which replaces existing systems and connects Company X internal as well as external to tackle these issues.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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