Kiwanis Pancake Day – a service operations management case study.
Undergraduate and MBA OM courses.
Kiwanis International is a global service organization dedicated to improving the world by helping children. The Durant, Oklahoma chapter holds its primary annual fundraiser the first Tuesday of November, which is also Election Day. The chapter sells and serves fresh pancakes throughout the day; therefore, the event is the Kiwanis Pancake Day. While serving in his first Pancake Day, Robert Howard, a new Kiwanian, notices service operations management issues such as long lines, spiky demand, and customers leaving before being served. Based on his management experience in the grocery business and his academic training in queuing systems, Robert performs an analysis of the system with the purpose of improving service operations.
Expected learning outcomes
Perform queuing analysis., Understand demand management., Explain the psychology of waiting.
Teaching notes and spreadsheet‐based multiple‐server simulator.
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