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Application of linear programming to forest products planning

The managements of integrated forest products firms in British
Columbia and elsewhere must make many involved decisions in order to
effectively plan the intermediate-range (one year) operations of their
firms. The production systems of the forest industry involve complex
allocations of many resources among competing activities. In addition,
interdependencies between processes exist and frequently products are
transferred between divisions.
This thesis explains and illustrates how linear programming may
be used to assist managements of integrated forest products firms in
their planning activities. In particular, the linear programming technique
is used to find suggested optimal operating plans for the total
range of the firm's operations — from woodlands, through production plants
to sales operations. The specific details of model construction, the
mathematical programming, and the problems encountered are illustrated by
a hypothetical forest products firm. A linear model has been developed
for the hypothetical firm, computer solutions have been interpreted, and
suggestions have been made for implementation of results.
Although the author does not attempt to quantify the value of linear
programming to a firm's profitability, the many explanations and illustrations
serve to support the view that managerial effectiveness is enhanced
through use of the technique. Decisions regarding intermediate-range
planning can be made by managers with an increased understanding of the
complex relationships within their firm's production and sales functions. In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for
an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that
the Library shall make it freely available for reference and Study.
I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis
for scholarly purposes may be granted by the Head of my Department or
by his representatives. It is understood that copying or publication
of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my
written permission. / Business, Sauder School of / Graduate
Date January 1969
CreatorsSitter, Robert Moris
PublisherUniversity of British Columbia
Source SetsUniversity of British Columbia
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeText, Thesis/Dissertation
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