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Video Tip: NASCAR Racing and Time & Motion Studies

January 22, 2012

Jay and I spend a lot of time developing the Global Company Profiles that open each chapter. The whole idea is to motivate students as they enter the topic by providing an interesting company that uses the techniques we are about to introduce. Some of the firms highlighted are Hard Rock (Ch.1), Disney (Ch.4), FedEx (Ch.8), McDonald’s (Ch.9), Amazon (Ch.12), and Delta (Ch.15). But my favorite Global Profile (and the one that took us the longest to create) is definitely the introduction to Chapter 10, Human Resources, Job Design, and Work Measurement. Here we highlight Rusty Wallace’s NASCAR racing team and how they live and breathe  time studies in the “pit”, where tires are changed and fuel added.

We just came across a great 6 minute video to accompany the Global Profile and think it’s a nice way to kick-start Chapter 10. The video features the NASCAR team of Kyle Busch and looks at the anatomy of a pit stop. The pit crew manages an amazing 73 maneuvers in just 12.12 seconds. Even if you aren’t a racing fan, I think you and your students will be impressed by this operation. It also makes a good tie-in to discussion of flow diagrams (Figure 10.5),  activity charts (Figure 10.6), and operations charts (Figure 10.7).

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