Definition of default solution

The solutions that first come to mind, that are most widely used, or that result from an examination of current “best practices” are default solutions.  The use of default solutions is often the result of accepting the problem framing (how the problem is described) that has been given.

Example

When it is necessary to control material costs, the default solution is often to work various aspects of the economic order quantity (EOQ) calculation to better balance holding/ storage costs with the risks of stockouts (not having certain goods in stock).  EOQ is the ideal amount of goods to order at one time in a cost efficient way, considering all related costs such as delivery and storage of goods.


In that context just-in-time (JIT) inventory practices (having the right goods in stock just before they are required to reduce storage costs) can be seen as an alternative to the default solution. [1]

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