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2013 Practicum Projects


ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest multinational exploration and production company, based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. ConocoPhillips maintains a large inventory value at a global level in order to support its exploration and production projects worldwide.  

The McCombs Sigma Fellow MBA team will conduct a benchmarking exercise to identify leading practices, success factors and lessons learned in the development and execution of materials and inventory management by companies within and external to the oil and gas industry that ConocoPhillips could apply to its own processes, organization structure and systems. The research will be directed towards providing reliable alternatives and best practices to assist the client with its current challenges in areas such as planning, organization and people and key performance indicators. In addition, the team will conduct research to include leading practices in other relevant areas in inventory and materials management which will include industry SWOT analysis, organization structures, maturity models and financial information to identify industry leaders.

Company selection will be based on reputation of best-in-class in supply chain management and operations with the inclusion of top oil and gas firms.

University Medical Center at Brackenridge

University Medical Center at Brackenridge (UMCB) is the home of the regional trauma center. UMCB is the oldest public hospital in Texas and has long been known for its commitment to providing safety net care for the community, a commitment shared through Seton’s mission.

As part of the overall Emergency Department (ED) Redesign Effort being undertaken by Seton, there is a focus on streamlining the workflow of two ED processes for discharged patients. Firstly, the ED Test Result Follow-up process requires an ED Case Manager to review and follow up with patients whose test results are finalized after they have been discharged from the Emergency Department. The speed and efficacy of this process is critical to the health of patients whose test results show that they have a serious medical issue that requires prompt follow-up treatment. Secondly, the Referral Follow-up Process is also performed by the ED Case Manager who follows up with patients and clinics to confirm that patients that require follow-up care after they leave the ED are receiving the care that they need. This process improves patient health and also reduces the incidence of ED readmissions due to inadequate follow-up care.

The McCombs Sigma Fellow MBA team will document the state of the current system. The team will make suggestions for process improvements and work with the UMCB ED team to prioritize process improvements and identify “quick wins” to optimize the use of resources to improve patient care. Requirements will be drafted for high priority changes to expedite the ED Redesign Effort.