Case Study:Kitchens Plus Inc.
Answer the following questions and apply theoretical course content to fully explain your answer.
1. In this case do you see evidence of a faulty planning process? Explain why or why not.
2. Do you believe that the new structure of the firm (both Design and Production Departments having the same manager) will be better or worse for the performance of the firm? In your answer identify and explain all the advantages and disadvantages that you perceive regarding this change in structure.
3. Under the new structure, what do you believe would be the best decision-making process for determining whether a price increase is necessary when a contractor requires a design change for the cabinets they have ordered. Explain fully and theoretically justify the advantages of the process you suggest for making that decision.
4. If the firm’s performance improved later on and they needed to hire three more production workers and one more designer, do you believe they should return to having different managers for the design and production departments? Explain why or why not.