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and is generally the most important.
6. With a chase strategy, production rates or workforce levels are
adjusted to match demand requirements over the planning horizon.
7. Level scheduling is an aggregate plan in which daily
capacities are uniform from month to month. The underlying
philosophy is that stable employment leads to better quality, less
turnover, less absenteeism, and more employee commitment.
8. Mixed strategy is a planning approach in which two or more
options, such as overtime, subcontracting, hiring and layoff, etc.,
are used. There are both inventory changes and work force and
production rate changes over the planning horizon. Typically,
mixed strategies are better (result in lower costs) than pure
9. The advantage of varying the size of the workforce as
required to adjust production capacity is that one has a fundamental
ability to change production capacity in relatively small and precise
increments. The disadvantages are that a ready supply of skilled
labor is not always available, newly hired personnel must be
trained, and layoffs undermine the morale of all employee...
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