Management Bug: Budget Constraints

A MngtBug is a problem, cause or impact in a human manager’s decision which produces an incorrect or unexpected result.
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This week’s “Budget Constraints” is a common problem in many companies either big or small.

By definition, when consumers’ income limits their consumption behaviors, this is known as a budget constraint. Budget constraint constitutes the primary part of the concept of utility maximization.
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Most people are constrained by their income while making their choices.
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This can be expressed as a mathematical equation and is equally useful whether the consumer is an individual, a family or a business.
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Where Y = income, PA = price of item A, and QA= quantity of item A consumed. PB = price of item B and QB = quantity of item B consumed. A store does not have the money to buy more inventory, its ability to sell is constrained. Similarly, if more employees are needed, but the budget cannot accommodate additional salaries, growth is limited.
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Corrections for financial constraints are often complicated; however, shifts within the existing budget are often possible in the absence of an increased overall allowance.
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The budget constraints in companies are a reality and need to be present in every decision of top management like hiring human resources, in acquisitions and employee training.

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This MngtBug has been mentioned with several MngtFixes such as…
“Training Budget Allocation”,
“Training Budget Definition”,
“Leadership Training”,
“Know-how Transfer Sessions Implementation”
and of course “Finance Training”!

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Eduardo Espinheira is a Consultant, Facilitator, Manager, Public Speaker, Creator of the Management Bugs&Fixes and the Machiavellian PM Stories

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