|dc.description.abstract||The following project was developed as a result of work done during the
career development quarter in the summer of 1996, conversations with the
President of ABC Printing, the manager of the lithograph section, the manager
of the flexograph section, and a silent investor in ABC Printing, which is a
partner in OAF Enterprises, and a member of the Board of Directors for ABC
Printing. The purpose of these conversations was to discuss the decision
making of ABC Printing in the past, present, and future while relating the current
position and policy-making of the business to the decisions made in the past,
the decisions made on a daily basis, and the decisions to be made in the future.
I came to ABC with the intention of doing a Career Development for them.
Through a class I had during my junior spring quarter, I learned how to analyze
different types of data for the purposes of business decisions. I offered to help
ABC analyze their production data in order to help them make better informed
decisions about sales, production, and customer distribution. I assumed that
this kind of information was readily available and I might be able to go into
greater detail if I worked on it full time.
Unfortunately this data was almost non-existent. I met with the President
and explained the curriculum of Kalamazoo College. He explained that they
would hire me for the summer to create the type of data that was missing and
use my senior project quarter to analyze the data. I was not excited to learn that
I would be inputting numbers on a full-time basis, but the opportunity to have an
important influence on a company of this size was too great to miss.
This paper will be broken down into five divisions. The first division deals
with the present standing of ABC printing based on the history and past
decisions of the business. The second division deals with my involvement,
contribution, and overall effect on decision making and policy. The third
division deals with the future of ABC based on new technology and changes in
management's policy on customer distribution and production. The fourth
division explains my thoughts and advice for the future of ABC based upon my
work and the statistical analysis of ABC's production and customer data. The
fifth division contains tables, graphs, and regression results referred to
throughout the paper.
It is the intent of the paper to relate the productivity of the business
presently to the decisions and policies made in the past, along with the desired
future position of the business predicted by present decisions and policies.
Furthermore, this experience was a personal learning experience where my
contributions were serious and extremely helpful.||en_US