Kendra Reynolds has just become a manager at a manufacturing company.
The performance in her unit has declined recently, and she needs to fix
it. When she arrives, she finds unused capacity and that excess
inventory is backing up. She begins trying to understand the problem,
but the answer is not obvious. A colleague mentions that throughput
accounting may help her analyze the situation and develop an effective
Managers often find themselves facing problems where the solution is
not obvious. A tool designed for analyzing these complex questions is
throughput accounting (TA), as Corbett describes in the article
“Three-Questions Accounting.” TA requires you to determine how a
decision will impact throughput, operating expense, and investment. The
relationship among these factors can help you determine if a decision
will improve profitability.
Think of how TA could affect your organization or one with which you
are familiar. Think of a decision at the organization you chose and the
effect the decision has had on the organization’s throughput and
operating expenses. Also consider the decision’s effect on the amount of
money invested in operations, such as people, processes, software,
infrastructure, and current projects.
If you are not familiar with an organization in this situation or if
you are restricted by confidentiality requirements, select a different
organization. You can research organizations in the business press.
Post by Day 3 the following:
A brief description of the organization you selected and the decision this organization made
description of the impact that the decision had on investments in
operations, such as people, processes, software, infrastructure, and
Your determination of whether the organization made
the correct decision, based on your application of the principles of
throughput accounting (Justify your response.)