Haloub, Radi and Reynolds, Paul Lewis (2015) The Influence of Managerial Forces and Users’ Judgements on Forecasting in International Manufacturers: a Grounded Study. In: BAM 2015 Conference, 8th - 10th September 2015, University of Portsmouth, UK.

Despite the improvements in mathematical forecasting techniques, the increase in forecasting accuracy is not yet significant. Previous research discussed various forecasting issues and techniques without paying attention to users’ forces and behaviours that influence the construction of forecasts. This research investigates this gap through examining the
managerial forces that influence the judgements of different users and constructors of forecasts in international pharmaceutical companies. A qualitative research applying Grounded Theory methodology is used to explore the concealed forces in forecasting processes by interviewing different constructors and users of forecasts in international contexts. Using the Coding Matrices, the research identifies the forces which induce users’ judgements, and consequently lead to conflicts. The research adds value by providing assessment criteria of forecasting management in future research.

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