alene adams was promoted to department manager of a production
alene adams was promoted to department manager of a production unit in dallas industries three years ago. she enjoys her job except for the evaluation measures that are based on the department's budget. after three years of consistently poor annual evaluations based on a set annual budget, she has decided to improve the evaluation situation. at a recent budget meeting of junior-level managers, the topic of budgetary slack was discussed as a means to maintain some consistency in budgeting matters. as a result of this meeting, adams decided to take the following steps in preparing the upcoming year's budget: 1. use the top quartile for all wage and salary categories.2. select the optimistic values for the estimated production ranges for the coming year. these are provided by the marketing department.3. use the average of the three months in the current year with poorest production efficiency as benchmarks of success for the coming year.4. base equipment charges (primarily depreciation) on replacement values furnished by the purchasing department. 5. base other fixed costs on current cost plus an inflation rate estimated for the coming year. 6. use the average of the ten newly hired employees' performance as a basis of labor efficiency for the coming year. required a. for each item on adams' list, explain whether it will create budgetary slack. use numerical examples as necessary to illustrate. b. given the company's use of static budgets as one of the performance evaluation measures of its managers, can the managers justify the use of _milt-in budgetary slack? c. what would you recommend as a means for adams to improve the budgeting situation in the company? provide some specific examples of how the budgeting process might be improved.
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