Reference no: EM13757514
The product design group of Iyengar Electric Supplies, Inc., has determined that is needs to design a new series of switches. It must decide on one of three design strategies. The market forecast is for 200,000 units. The better and more sophisticated the design strategy and the more time spent on vague engineering, the less will be the variable cost. The chief of engineering design, Dr. W. L. Berry, has decided that the following costs are a good estimate of the initial and variable costs connected with each of the three strategies:
a) Low-tech: A low-technology, low-cost process consisting of hiring several new jurior engineers. This option has a fixed cost of $45,000 and variable-cost probabilities of .3 for $.55 each, .4 for $.50, and .3 for $45.
b) Subcontract: A medium-cost approach using a good outside design staff. This appraoch would be a fixed cost of $65,000 and variable-cost probabilities of .7 of $.45, .2 of $.40, and .1 of $.35.
c) High tech: A high-technology approach using the very best of the inside staff and the latest computer-aided design technology. This approach has a fixed cost of $75,000 and variable-cost probabilities of .9 of $.40 and and .1 of $.35.
What is the best decision based on an expected monetary value (EMV) criterion? (Note: We want the lowest EMV, as we are dealing with costs in this problem.)