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Akron Foundry

This case and its companion case, "RMC: Hydra Division" (UVA-QA-0399), are a supply-chain negotiation for which there is a narrow zone of potential agreement. Locating outcomes in that zone is challenging due to differences in raw material costs (real and perceived), potentially extreme opening offers, lack of commitment to do a deal, and different interpretations of history. The difference in raw ...

Alec Mason

With MBA degree nearly in hand, Alec Mason has stormed the job market and come away with offers from two prestigious strategic-consulting firms in the Washington, D.C., area. Mason must decide between one firm that offers a low starting salary but high annual salary increases and another with the attraction of a higher starting salary but lower yearly pay increases. The case follows an MBA student ...

Analytical Probability Distributions with Excel

This note introduces four common underlying processes and the analytical probability distribution used to forecast the outcomes of each. The note also illustrates how to use Excel functions to calculate probabilities from the four resulting probability distributions: the binomial, normal, Poisson, and exponential. ...

Artemis Controls (A)

Avion Chemicals has approached Artemis Controls regarding the purchase of an Artemis smart valve to manage the highly volatile phenol in its production process. Although an existing valve could be used, discussions lead to the possibility of designing a new and potentially much improved valve. Time, engineering, and software constraints make the valve-redesign project a risky endeavor. The tension ...

Artemis Controls (B)

As a follow-on to "Artemis Controls (A)" (UVA-QA-0756), the B case presents the probability statements missing from the A case. A full decision analysis can now be performed and the risk-reducing alternatives more fully appraised. The probabilities are the same as those that are in "Orion Controls (A)" (UVA-QA-0480). ...

Artemis Controls (C)

Avion Chemicals has approached Artemis Controls regarding the purchase of an Artemis smart valve to manage the highly volatile phenol in its production process. Although an existing valve could be used, discussions lead to the possibility of designing a new and potentially much improved valve. Time, engineering, and software constraints make the valve-redesign project a risky endeavor. The A and B ...

Athens Glass Works

Athens Glass Works has been losing significant market share over the last several quarters in the nonglare glass market with a price 10% above the competition. Lowering the price is under consideration. Unfortunately, fully allocated costs are such that the lower price results in a loss. Issues to be discussed and analyses to be conducted include the relevant costs for the decision and the reactio ...

Auctions

This note describes four commonly used styles of auctions: English, Dutch, sealed-bid, and philatelist. ...

Becca Brothers: Da Click

The Becca Brothers series of cases is part of the "Da Click" collection of short cases written for use with high-school students. Da Click is a successful local rap band that has attracted the attention of the national record company Becca Brothers. The situation is a multi-issue negotiation over the group's first recording contract. There are issues that are congruent, distributive, and integrati ...

Becca Brothers: Jandie Griffin

This series of short cases (see also UVA-QA-0631) is written for use with high-school students. Da Click is a successful local rap band that has attracted the attention of the national recording company Becca Brothers. The series presents a multi-issue negotiation over the group's first recording contract. There are congruent, distributive, and integrative issues that provide an opportunity for cr ...

Bid Week Shirts: Alpha Sigma Eta

Darcy Elliot has been asked by the rush chair of her sorority to secure T-shirts with a very limited budget. In an effort to control cost, Elliot designed an alternative. Prior to contacting the usual supplier (Tees R Us), which was located out of town, and in an effort to avoid any issues about expediting, Elliot approached a local vender. The local vender offered a quote that was over budget but ...

Bid Week Shirts: Tees R Us

Taylor Taggart, a sales rep for Tees R Us, received earlier in the afternoon an inquiry and specifications for a rush order of T-shirts for Alpha Sigma Eta sorority, a regular customer of Tees R Us. Having now confirmed production availability and estimated costs, Taggart was prepared to return Darcy Elliot's phone call and hopefully close the deal?there was more urgency than usual to secure contr ...
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