Case Detail

Case Summary

Weight Solutions Clinic Bariatric Surgery Center

Case Number: 5-104-006, Year Published: 2004, Revision Date: October 16, 2013

HBS Number: KEL030

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Authors: Sunil Chopra; R. Canan Savaskan-Ebert

Key Concepts

Capacity Calculations, Process Analysis, Bottleneck, Critical Path, Flow Times


This case addresses how flow times and capacity calculations can be made for a service process such as the bariatric surgery center at a clinic. This case highlights how these calculations can be made for a service process just as in any manufacturing setting. In the course of the case, students should understand the notion of critical paths and bottlenecks and what factors affect both time and capacity. This understanding is then used to discuss the relative profitability of two types of bariatric surgery. The goal here is to link product profitability to the process.

Spanish translation available.

Number of Pages: 11

Extended Case Information

Teaching Areas: Operations

Teaching Note Available: Yes

Geographic: United States

Industry: Health Care

Organization Name: Bariatric Surgery Center

Organization Department: Management

Organization Size: Small

Decision Maker Position: Head Surgeon

Decision Maker Gender: Male

Year of Case: 2003