Operational Control


In contrast to strategic control, operational control serves to regulate the day-to-day output relative to schedules, specifications, and costs, by the formulation of policies and execution of corresponding procedures. Is the output of product or service the proper quality and is it available as scheduled? Are inventories of raw materials, goods-in-process, and finished products being purchased and produced in the desired quantities? Are the costs associated with the transformation process in line with cost estimates? Is the information needed in the transformation process available in the right form and at the right time? Is the energy resource being utilized efficiently? Operational controls are focused on the near term goals and should not affect the overall survival of an organization.

By Nathan Phillips

 

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