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Case
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Reference no. UVA-C-2205
Published by: Darden Business Publishing
Originally published in: 2004
Version: 18 December 2018
Revision date: 07-Jan-2019
Length: 6 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

Edward Englehardt Giberson, the proprietor, is a skilled glassblower whose business is on the verge of bankruptcy. He works in his studio almost every day, and his products sell reasonably well. On average, he has at least a two-week backlog of orders. He realizes his prices are too low, yet the artistic nature of his products makes it difficult to set prices based on any systematic assessment of demand or comparison with similar products. In desperation, he turns to the consulting club of a nearby graduate business school for help in establishing both a pricing policy and a production policy that he hopes will lead to profitable operations and a positive cash flow. Clearly, continuing 'business as usual' is not an option for Giberson.
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Edward Englehardt Giberson, the proprietor, is a skilled glassblower whose business is on the verge of bankruptcy. He works in his studio almost every day, and his products sell reasonably well. On average, he has at least a two-week backlog of orders. He realizes his prices are too low, yet the artistic nature of his products makes it difficult to set prices based on any systematic assessment of demand or comparison with similar products. In desperation, he turns to the consulting club of a nearby graduate business school for help in establishing both a pricing policy and a production policy that he hopes will lead to profitable operations and a positive cash flow. Clearly, continuing 'business as usual' is not an option for Giberson.

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