The Squeaky Horn

Darden Business Publishing Cases

ISSN: 2474-7890

Publication date: 20 January 2017


This case provides students the opportunity to practice variance analysis for an annual operating plan using flexible budgeting skills. First, a static budget is flexed to account for changes in product volume. Then, actual results are compared to the flexed budget and analyzed for product price, efficiency, and other variances. In addition, the case allows for discussion as to how flexible budgets can be used for management decision making, and how various compensation structures can affect financial results.



Haskins, M., Lilly, K. and Smith, L. (2017), "The Squeaky Horn", Darden Business Publishing Cases.

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