List of Case Questions
Below are the questions corresponding to each of the cases that are meant to be a guideline for you to submit your write-up and plan your presentation. You are not required to limit yourself to these questions. Please feel free to include additional analysis as appropriate.
The Treadway Tire Company: Job Dissatisfaction and High Turnover at the Lima Tire Plant 1. What is the relationship between line foreman at Treadway’s Lima Plant and other groups within the plant: general supervisors, area managers, top management, the union, hourly workers, each other? 2. How do line foremen feel about their jobs and why?
3. What themes best explain the increase in turnover and lower job satisfaction?
Karen Leary (A)
1. How has Leary taken charge of the Elmville branch office? 2. What is your evaluation of Chung’s performance?
3. If you were Leary, how would you respond to Chung’s request for a private office? What specific actions would you take to improve Chung’s performance, as well as your working relationship with him? 4. If you were Leary’s regional director (her immediate supervisor), how would you evaluate her performance? 5. What are the particular challenges and dilemmas in managing subordinates who have different backgrounds.
Iggy’s Bread of the World
1. What actions do the Ivanovics take to create a unique culture at Iggy’s? What are the costs and benefits of this culture as the organization grows? 2. Which roles should the Ivanovics hand over to their professional management team and which should they retain? 3. Evaluate Igor’s decision to bring in a new COO. What effect did this decision have on his ability to influence the company’s employees. 4. Contrast the influence styles of Igor, Ludmilla and McRae. Who is responsible for the disagreements and problems between McRae and the Ivanovics? What would need to change for the three to complement one another?...
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