Select two organizations, one in services and one in manufacturing. What are the key factors that each organization would consider in locating a new facility? What data would you want to collect before evaluating the location options, and how would you collect the data? Explain.
The chapter opener shows BMWâ€™s rationale behind opening a plant in South Carolina. The entire process took several years, required careful planning, and incurred several million dollars in research fees. Assuming that in a competitive global environment business, decisions need to be implemented quickly, use examples from the case to discuss the factors that needed to be considered. Explain why the process had to be carefully planned.