Academic journal article Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies

Is No Upgrade a Downgrade?

Academic journal article Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies

Is No Upgrade a Downgrade?

Article excerpt

CASE DESCRIPTION

The primary subject matter of this case relates to the decision-making process within small businesses and the various factors effecting those decisions. Secondary issues related to the case include accounting and economics. The case has a difficulty level of three, appropriate for junior level management courses, such as Principles of Management. The case is designed to be taught in one class hour and is expected to require two hours of outside preparation by students. Included is a student worksheet to assist them in making the best decision.

CASE SYNOPSIS

Johnny and Marie Hastings own a screen-printing business that is very successful. The company owns various machines that are vital to its success. The most important machine, the automatic press, is developing reliability concerns that are associated with age. Johnny and Marie are contemplating three options regarding this machine: 1) keeping the current automatic press; 2) outsourcing the production to another company; or 3) buying a new press. The cost effectiveness and efficiency of the options begs the question: is no upgrade a downgrade?

INSTRUCTORS' NOTES

Recommendations for Teaching Approaches

This case was written by the authors to require students to put themselves in the shoes of a small business owner. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.