Southern Rail Balcombe Case Study
Module Title: Planning and Decision Making
Assignment Title: Southern Rail Balcombe Station Case
Student ID: 473482
2. Planning & Decision Making
4. Information Systems
6. Decision Making Models
7. Contingency Planning
This report will be a detailing and taking into regard the planning & decision making of a project and what would be the best choice for the train station Balcombe which Southern Rail own as the station is facing a few issues. This report ...view middle of the document...
Although this option would be a long-term decision as the repairs and rejuvenation would not happen over a short scale of time and the large investment would cost the organisation £10 million.
The second option is for Southern Rail to close down the line that goes through Balcombe station and re direct the trains to the Horsham main line. The positive aspects to this option is that it can be completed in a much shorter time scale in comparison to option one as the station can still be in operation only have to be closed down and potentially knocked down. Also it would cost the organisation a lot less money to do this than option one as a large investment would have to go into it to repair the station where Southern rail would have to seek ways in which the investment could be returned. The negative to option two is that Southern Rail would lose a large amount of revenue, as there would be a station that the organisation no longer in use. This would lead to delays on a very important route from Brighton to London. The organisations income on an overall scale would have been cut, this could create issues in terms of costs because the business may not be able to spend in costs what was previously affordable. Cutting costs could mean the organisation would have to cut down wages for example so the number of staff in other rail stations could be cut down resulting in employees losing their jobs.
As the Service Manager for Southern Rail after weighing up my two options and all the information, it would be a sensible choice to go along with option one. The rationale behind this decision is that even though the investment is very high costing £10 million the organisation will be able to make a return on their investment in a few years once the project is complete, making the project cost effective.
2.0 Planning & Decision Making
In order for planning and decision making to be successful it is important the management of a large project such as option one make sure they have planned what will happen and what could possibly happen so nothing happens that was not thought about. Planning is “the first driver, planning is the main way of the bulk of the organisation participates in strategy development” (Sinofsky. S & Iansiti. M, 2010). This reference refers to the planning of a development to be the first aspect that has to be taken into consideration before anything else when it comes to an organisation developing their business. Also once it has been planned what an organisation wishes to do it after that decisions can be made on how to successfully make decisions so the plan is successful. Decision-making is “the third driver. Decision-making foundations start with the definition of transparent roles and responsibilities for members of the organisation and continue with the establishment of clear levels of empowerment and accountability.” (Sinofsky. S & Iansiti. M, 2010). This reference explains that decision-making is...