Ivey Publishing
Aggregate Planning at Green Mills
Product Number:
9B13D002
Publication Date:
03/14/2013
Revised Date:
03/12/2013
Length:
3 pages (2 pages of text)
Product Type:
Case (Gen Exp)
Source:
Ivey
Green Mills Inc. operates several lumber mills throughout the Northwestern United States that produce a variety of wood products. The company is currently considering expanding operations to Chile as a vehicle for reducing the costs of raw materials. In that regard, the management team is interested in analyzing the cost implications as a vehicle to properly assess this backward integration strategy. More specifically, management wishes to evaluate several different aggregate planning policies including level, chase and mixed policies.
Learning Objective:
The case learning objectives are fourfold:

  • To understand the basic steps of aggregate planning.
  • To use Microsoft Excel to develop an aggregate planning analysis.
  • To appreciate the differences between level, chase and mixed policies.
  • To conduct sensitivity analysis on key model constants.

This case can be used in a graduate-level core decision sciences or operations management course. It is designed primarily as an out-of-class exercise with a write-up analysis and results being submitted via an e-mail attachment (WORD or PDF file). This case can also be presented in the form of a one-hour team in-class PowerPoint or Prezi presentation. The time to complete the analysis is estimated at four to six hours using Excel.
Issues:
Disciplines:
Operations Management,  Management Science
Industries:
Manufacturing
Setting:
United States, Large, 2013
Intended Audience:
MBA/Postgraduate
Price:
$4.25 CAD / $4.25 USD Printed Copy
$3.75 CAD / $3.75 USD Permissions
$3.75 CAD / $3.75 USD Digital Download
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