By ALAN WEATHERALL

This booklet will supply a aggressive facet to scholars of producing, managers in undefined, and a person occupied with specifying, enforcing and utilizing CIM platforms

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Allowing for risk Some projects fail to give the benefits which were forecast for t h e m ; computer systems in manufacturing industry are as exposed to this possibility as other investments. ) Business perspectives for CIM 31 T w o ways of allowing for risk were discussed above: • the value of the benefits claimed for a proposal can be reduced; • the interest rate used for discounting can be increased. T h e former can be applied more flexibly, and the effect on the calculations is clear; identifiable business risks, such as unexpectedly high increases in raw material costs, or aggressive price cutting by competition (which might each affect just one factor in the benefit calculation) can be taken into account.

Further reading and S T A L K , G . BsisicBooks (1983) Effective Leadership, London: Pan B o o k s A D A M S , J . D . ) (1986) Transforming Leadership, from vision to resuhs. Miles River Press B A R K E R , J . A . (1985) Discovering the Future, St Paul: ILI Press B O Y E T T , J . H . and C O N N , H. P. (1991) Workplace 2000, The Revolution Shaping American Business, N e w York: Penguin C A R L S O N , J . (1987) Moments of Truth, New Strategies for Today's Customer Driven Environment, New York: Harper & Row C O H E N , s.

Also people tend to use the process of quantify­ ing benefits to support their ideas about what the problems really are. For instance, someone who genuinely believes that most of the problems of the business stem from lack of detailed capacity planning in the machine shop is going to produce very different cost benefit n u m b e r s from s o m e o n e who thinks that most of the company's business problems would go away if only someone would discipline the suppliers to dehver on time. This sort of conflict can be substantially eased if there is a forum for open discussion and comparison of these perspectives, as discussed above.

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