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Analysis of common planning approaches and the evaluation of a new planning tool based on the current planning method of the Zumtobel Group AG

  • The objective of this research paper is to analyse the current planning method of the Zumtobel Group AG with regards to traditional and more recent trends in the field of planning, more precisely budgeting and forecasting. Furthermore, a planning software tool is evaluated concerning its benefits and drawbacks for the Zumtobel Group AG. The aim is to find out whether the tool is appropriate for the company and if it is adding value to the planning process. The first part of this research paper, which is analysing different approaches in budgeting and forecasting, is based on secondary data. In order to build the theoretical foundation of the paper, academic literature such as peer-reviewed journals, text-books and articles are used. The second part of the paper, which is focusing on the Zumtobel Group AG’s budgeting and forecasting process, as well as the software tool, is mainly based on primary data. First-hand interviews with experts of the Zumtobel Group AG are carried out along with supporting documents of the company. The result of the research is that the planning approach of the Zumtobel Group AG reveals some advantages, but also disadvantages. However, a considerable percentage of these disadvantages can be eliminated by the implementation of a supportive planning software tool. As the optimal tool, SAP BPC is selected. This tool is able to depict the complex organisational structure of the company, as well as is adding value to the planning process by supporting planning and also reporting functionalities. This research paper helps the Zumtobel Group AG first to make the decision in favour of implementing a planning software tool and second in making the decision which planning software tool is the most suitable one. The value which is added through the implementation can be better assessed.

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Author:Tatjana Greiner
Advisor:Rütger Conzelmann
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Year of Completion:2016
Granting Institution:Hochschule Furtwangen
Release Date:2016/05/02
Tag:Budgeting; Forecasting; SAP BPC
Degree Program:IBW - Internationale Betriebswirtschaft
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt