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5.1 - Economies and diseconomies of scale

Here are some excellent revision notes from tutor2u on economies and diseconomies of scale:
http://tutor2u.net/revision_notes_business_gcse.htm

Test your knowledge by having a go at this BBC Bitesize test on economies of scale:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/schools/gcsebitesize/business/quizengine? quiz=economies_of_scale;templateStyle=business

This is an excellent tutor2u blog post with links to a news article and video demonstrating economies of scale:
http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/comments/economies-of-scale-the-mega- container-ship/#extended

Here is another excellent article and video showing how Nestle can use economies of scale to negate the impact of rising commodity prices:
http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/comments/nestle-using-branding-productivity- to-overcome-commodity-price-increases/

Business Studies Online has an excellent interactive diagram which should help you revise economies and diseconomies of scale:
http://www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk/live/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=35&Itemid=23

An excellent blog post on tutor2u on how amazon.com prevents diseconomies of scale from setting in:
http://tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/gcse-economics/comments/how-amazon-keeps-diseconomies-of-scale- at-bay/


5.2 - Methods of production

Follow this link to play a drag and drop game to identify which methods of production are suitable for the production of different types of goods:
http://www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk/live/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=35&Itemid=23

Here is a worksheet, plus answers, which covers the 3 different methods of production, their advantages and disadvantages and asks you to consider how a business decides upon the best method to use:
http://www.tutor2u.net/business/worksheets/Production-Methods-Intro.pdf

Follow this link to some revision notes on methods of production:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/business/production/methodsofproductionrev1.shtml

Test your knowledge of production methods by going to this link and completing a multiple choice quiz:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/schools/gcsebitesize/business/quizengine? quiz=production_methods;templateStyle=business

Here is a short video showing flow production of ice cream:
http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/comments/flow-production-in-action- making-vienetta-video/#extended

Here is a link to a video about car production:
http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/comments/amazing-production-video/ #extended

Here is another short video showing the production of footballs for the World Cup 2010:
http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/comments/classroom-video-production- process-of-the-2010-world-cup-football/#extended

Here is a revision presentation on job production:
http://www.tutor2u.net/business/presentations/operations/production-methods/player.html

For an excellent example of batch production, follow this link to see a series of photographs which illustrate how cricket bats are made from start to finish:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/picturegalleries/5759663/From-willow-tree-to-pitch-how-the- cricket-bats-used-in-the-Ashes-are-made.html


5.3 - Productivity

Take a look at the revision notes on efficiency and productivity from the BBC Bitesize website:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/business/production/breakevenanalysisrev1.shtml

Then, have a go at the 10-question multiple choice questions from BBC Bitesize:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/schools/gcsebitesize/business/quizengine? quiz=efficiency;templateStyle=business

There's a quick (and simple) interactive quiz here from Businessstudiesonline.co.uk:
http://www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk/GcseBusiness/Activities/Module4/Productivity/ NewTechnologyDragDrop/frame.htm

For an explanation and numerical example of labour productivity, visit the tutor2u website:
http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/comments/qa-explain- what-is-meant-by-labour-productivity-and-how-it-can-be-measured/? utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Tutor2u- BusinessBlog+(tutor2u+Business+Studies+Blog)#When:10:02:00Z

The tutor2u website also suggests some ways in which a business can improve its productivity:
http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/comments/qa-outline- some-ways-in-which-a-business-might-improve-its-labour-productiv/? utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Tutor2u- BusinessBlog+(tutor2u+Business+Studies+Blog)#When:11:36:00Z

Have a go at Tutor2u's quiz on lean production and stock control:
http://tutor2u.net/business/quizzes/as/lean_production/quizmaker.html

For revision of this topic and its linkages to other production topics, have a go at this quiz:
http://www.quia.com/cm/13901.html

For a challenge, and to get to learn more about CAD-CAM technology, have a try at this quiz from ProProfs Quiz Maker:
http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/quizshow.php?title=cad-cam-revision- quiz&quesnum=2&showNextQ=yes

This is a great video on YouTube to help revise stock control and lean production:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8xr_G_Voc4


5.4 - Quality

Here are some good revision notes from BBC bitesize on quality:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/business/production/locationanddistributionrev1.shtml

Then have a go at the tests to check your understanding of quality:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/schools/gcsebitesize/business/quizengine? quiz=quality;templateStyle=business

Here are some very good notes from tutor2u on quality:
http://tutor2u.net/business/gcse/production_quality_introduction.htm
http://tutor2u.net/business/gcse/production_quality_management.htm

Try this 'hangman' revision game from Business Studies Online on quality:
http://www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk/live/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=35&Itemid=23

This YouTube clip (view from 3.00) from The Apprentice shows two different soap products. Which one is of greater quality? What might the implications be for the team with the poor quality product?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhuI-xnK9is

here is an interesting video highlighting the potential costs of poor quality:
http://tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/comments/quality-at-toyota-and-the-huge-cost-of-a- product-recall/

Attempt this tutor2u worksheet on managing quality:
http://www.tutor2u.net/business/worksheets/Quality-Intro.pdf

Attempt this wipeout challenge from tutor2u on quality control:
http://tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/comments/wipeout-challenge-total-quality- management/