Industrial Electronics, Inc. Acctg Case

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1. The first point about the current bonus system is one that can be viewed as either a pro or a con – the fact that the bonuses are based on a company-wide performance. On the positive side, a bonus structure based on overall company performance displays a unitary goal as the main objective. This means that either everyone in the company enjoys the fruits of success or nobody does. Negatively, this also means that if a specific division has a great year, but the overall company doesn't perform that well, the people involved with the excelling division aren't rewarded financially for all of their hard work.

The current bonus system also only allows for bonuses to be distributed if there are profits more than 10% (after taxes) in
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While statistic forecasting is a thorough process, it is still an estimate and is usually never dead-on accurate. Therefore, since the economic profit objective is based purely on budgeted numbers, and is then used with actual economic profit to determine the difference, if the forecasted numbers are wrong (or something like an unforeseeable occurrence like a natural disaster were to occur), the bonus system would fail.

Another negative aspect of this bonus structure is the loss of the company wide all-for-one bonus mentality. One division of the company (such as Division B) can have a great year and earn a lot of money while another division (such as Division E) can have a poor year and not earn as great a bonus.

Positively, this bonus structure takes into account the difference in division sizes, as it is based on forecasts and actual numbers. Therefore a small division can do well as compared to the budgeted numbers whereas with the previous structure, a small division would not have a very big impact at all on total bottom line of the entire company. This also relates to the fact that each division is rewarded for their own success. So if a division were to have an above-average year that division would be properly rewarded with a great bonus, even if the company as a whole didn't perform as admirably. This does lead to another potential pitfall of this proposed bonus structure – interdependence of the divisions. Divisions have the

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