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Case Article—ABCtronics: Manufacturing, Quality Control, and Client Interfaces


  • Arnab Adhikari

    () (Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Joka, Kolkata 700104, India)

  • Indranil Biswas

    () (Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Prabandh Nagar, Lucknow 226013, India)

  • Arnab Bisi

    () (Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Baltimore, Maryland 21202)


Teaching statistics in an undergraduate or a graduate business administration course, business analytics course, or engineering program remains a challenging task for the instructors. Often students fail to comprehend the real-life application of statistical concepts with the help of disconnected textbook examples. This failure inspires scholars to develop case studies on statistical theories in real-life industry backgrounds or realistic industrial settings. Recognizing the students’ difficulty to understand the diverse statistical concepts in a realistic setting, we design a case study in an industrial background to facilitate students’ learning. It is constructed by drawing inspiration from real-life business scenarios in the context of the integrated chip manufacturing industry. It helps to bridge the gap between theoretical understanding and practical application. The case starts with introducing various probability distributions and gradually incorporates intricate concepts of statistics like sampling distribution, hypothesis testing, and regression models in realistic scenarios. Each assignment question enables the teacher to engage in the in-depth discussion regarding the applications of different statistical concepts about business problems of integrated chip manufacturing. Also, it involves the application of the software tools for solving statistical problems. This case article demonstrates different usages of the case, ranging from a common thread for classroom discussion throughout the course to a class reading for providing a holistic approach to understanding and applying different statistical concepts in real-life scenarios by the end of the course. Case Teaching Note: Interested Instructors please see the Instructor Materials page for access to the restricted materials. To maintain the integrity and usefulness of cases published in ITE , unapproved distribution of the case teaching notes and other restricted materials to any other party is prohibited.

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  • Arnab Adhikari & Indranil Biswas & Arnab Bisi, 2016. "Case Article—ABCtronics: Manufacturing, Quality Control, and Client Interfaces," INFORMS Transactions on Education, INFORMS, vol. 17(1), pages 20-25, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:orited:v:17:y:2016:i:1:p:20-25

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