B2B Marketing Project-CBS Assignment

Question A:

We know from Penetration pricing formulae:

Unit Value added cost (C)= Unit Finished Product Cost – Unit Raw material Cost

In most industries due to the effect of learning curve the value of C decreases with the increase in experience of the company. Same is the case of Carey Industries here. In this case we would use the following formulae as follows:

Cq= Cn (q/n)-b


Cq= Unit Value added cost for the qth item

Cn= Unit Value added cost for the nth item

B is the learning parameter.

This empirical analysis would help us to compute the experience curve equation for the Carey Builders

Sequence of the projectTotal Cost of the project(1)Raw Material Cost(2)Unit Value added Cost=1-2
4th Project$ 34.3 Million$25.8 Million$8.5 Million
2nd Project$ 30 Million$ 20 Million$ 10 Million

Thus computing the Experience Curve we have,

Cq= Cn (q/n)-b

Substituting values from the above table we calculate the value of b

10 = 8.5 (2/4)-b

-b log (2/4) = log (10/8.5)

            -b = -0.235

            b = 0.235

Therefore the experience curve would be as follows,

            Cq= Cn (q/n)-0.235

Question – B:

We know that for forecasting for the above nth value we would used the equation for the learning curve of experience curve.

As indicated above the equation for the learning would be as follows:

Cq= Cn (q/n)-0.235

From previous values we know that Carey Builder in the 4th Project had the following costs involved

Total Cost of the 4th Project = $ 34.3 Million

Raw Material Cost involved for the project = $ 25.8 Million

Unit Value added cost (Cq) = $ 34.3 Million – $ 25.8 Million = $ 8.5 Million

Therefore substituting the values in the equation,

As mentioned in the case study, the project would be 5th in line for construction project for Carey Builders:

Cq= Cn (q/n)-0.235

 8.5 = Cn (4/5) -0.235

            Where, Cn = Unit Value added cost for the 5th project i.e. n=5

            Cn = $ 8.065755 Million

The amount Carey should forecast as value added cost for the CBS project assuming the forecast is made using the experience curve is as follows:

            Ans: C5 = $ 8.065755 Million

Question – C

Raw material cost committed by Hutt and Speh (HS) Corporation = $ 43.9 Million

Incremental Fixed cost involved for bidding for the project = $ 75000= $ 0.075 Million

The non refundable contract guarantee fees that needs to be paid to HS Corporation = 1% of the contracted raw material cost =  1% of $43.9 Million = 0.01 x $43.9 Million = $ 0.439 Million

The value added cost as has been calculated in question b from the empirical experience curve = $ 8.066 Million

The additional set up costs = 2 % of the forecasted value added cost

 = 0.02 x $ 8.066 Million =  $ 0.16132 million

Therefore the total cost involved for the project with out mark up and including all the costs involved = $ (43.9 + 0.075 + 0.439 + 8.066 + 0.16132) = $ 52 .64132 Million

S No.Bid Mark up %Total Cost for each level of bid mark up( in Million US $)
10 %52.64132
25 %55.27339

The above table gives the level of total cost that Carey builders would bid for each level of gross profit margin.

Question – D:

The computation of profit at different markup levels along with the price and chances of winning the bid is as follows:

Bid Price (in Millions of US $)Profit (in Millions of US $)Probability of bid being awarded to Carey BuildersExpected Profit (in Millions of US $)
52.6413201 0

The amount Carey Builders should bid as the Total Cost so that the expected profit is maximized = $ 57.90545 Million

Question E:

The computation of profit at different markup levels along with the price and revised probability/chances of winning the bid is as follows:

Bid Price (in Millions of US $)Profit (in Millions of US $)Probability of bid being awarded to Carey BuildersExpected Profit (in Millions of US $)
52.6413201 0

The amount Carey Builders should bid as the Total Cost so that the expected profit is maximized considering the revised probabilities= $ 60.53752 Million 

Question F:

The new probabilities would be calculated using the Binomial Theroem for Probability calculations:

P1= Given probability x (1+x) (1-x)

       = Given Probability x 1.5.5

where x is the chance of Southern state university not bidding

Thus the required table would turn up to be as follows:

Bid Price (in Millions of US $)Profit (in Millions of US $)Probability of bid being awarded to Carey BuildersExpected Profit (in Millions of US $)
52.6413201 0

The value of the bid in this scenario would be US $ 60.53752 Million.

Question – G

Maximizing expected profits should not be the only way to go about bidding for the project. This is because Chuck should understand this fact that the probability that are being considered while calculating the expected maximization of profit calculation is also being calculated taking some assumptions into account and this only provides for a one dimensional approach. One must also need to keep in mind the other smaller nuances while bidding like the interstate advantage that has been talked about. Apart from this as has been discusses in the above questions for your long term sustainability of the business and bidding &winning for larger projects it becomes imperative that companies some times bid to reduce the cost of the ‘ unit value added service which reduces once companies start gaining experience in handling projects the learning curve effect.

Also certain companies usually bid very low for many prestigious projects just for the want of getting involved in a very prestigious project so that these projects act as a reference for the company while they keep bidding for more valuable projects and make a reputation for themselves. These projects basically act as reputation builders for the companies as a whole. Apart from this the assumptions involved in calculating the probabilities also influence the calculation for the maximizing of expected profits. Thus this approach would be called to be a one-dimensional approach towards pricing wherein it becomes imperative that the method for pricing is changed for better approach towards bidding for the required projects.


Yes, this would have an effect on the CBS bidding. This is because of the fact the company which gets the contract would would have insider information for the executive education facility that would be coming up pretty soon. This would not only would provide the winner with increasing business prospects but would also allow for keeping up with the business relations that would have developed by the winning bidder with the Hopskeen University official which would ultimately help the bidder to come out as a winner in the next instances. Hence Chuck as the head of the construction company as a whole should look at keeping the mark ups minimal so that it would allow him an entry into this University and allow him to build long term business relationships. Many companies would like to make a move into a B2B scenario even at losses if the future recurring business seems to be bright. As has been mentioned in the case the there would not only be Carey builders in the scenario give in the question but I am sure of the fact that the case would involve many more builders who would be in line to get involved in this bidding process as this would naturally allow them to make inroads into a business which would have long term profitability. In case of any B2B scenario, it is always seen that the business does not happen in one day but the associate sometimes develops the need within the client by acting as his consultant and engages with him on a long term basis which would ultimately would help him to churn out business in large amounts in the long term as well.Order Now

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