The manager of a paper plant has to decide whether to buy a new electrode boiler to replace a natural gas boiler. The challenge is to cut through complexity, such as the uncertainty in boiler efficiency to reach energy prices, financing alternatives and supplier / competitor relationships in a first-cut analysis and decision-making. While the case is full of questions, an informed decision without the sophisticated methods are made available to handle this complexity. The case is designed as a … Read more »

The manager of a paper plant has to decide whether to buy a new electrode boiler to replace a natural gas boiler. The challenge is to cut through complexity, such as the uncertainty in boiler efficiency to reach energy prices, financing alternatives and supplier / competitor relationships in a first-cut analysis and decision-making. While the case is full of questions, an informed decision without the sophisticated methods are made available to handle this complexity. The case is an introduction course in which an agenda for a course in decision analysis / management science is designed founded.
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Phillip E. Pfeifer,
Samuel E physical,
Raiford Smith
Source: Darden School of Business
12 pages.
Publication Date: Jul 14, in 2005. Prod #: UV1458-PDF-ENG
Palmetto paper HBR case solution

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