BUS 3101 Decision making Week 1 Assignment 4 - 18584

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Week 1 assignment 4

In your readings you were shown sources where decision tools can be found. Please refer to the “What is a Decision?” lecture and select “Click to Explore.” In the list provided, you will notice paired comparison analysis. Select and read about this technique. There is an excellent illustration of the theory and a very good example. Employ this technique to solve this case.

A company in the Midwest produces special purpose heavy-duty electric motors used in machine tools. The company employs 1,025 workers in all.

The management of the company wants to move the low-tech, labor-intensive part of its operation to Mexico to take advantage of the low cost of labor there.

If the company moves its operations to Mexico, 168 workers will lose their jobs at the current location. The expected cost saving is estimated to be $1 million in the first year and $2 million in subsequent years, for nine years.

Analyze the two alternatives of moving and not moving operations to Mexico. Write a report of your analysis. Your report should focus on:

  • Structuring the problem with objectives and consequences
  • Comparing the alternatives and tradeoffs


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