Case 15: McWane: A Dangerous Business
Explain the concept of disciplined management. Has it worked at McWane? I would say NO, because of all the injuries and deaths of their employees. Here are some ways to become a disciplined project manager per the Project Management Institute I found: - Plan the next work week's activities a day or two ahead of time - Confirm activities the day before
- Conduct daily reviews of what you did or didn't accomplish - Follow through on your commitments
- Avoid time-wasters, such as unrelated conversations
- Practice staying within the time allotted to the meetings, tasks and activities - Hold yourself accountable for your own deliverables by using a daily tracker document - Communicate with stakeholders and sponsors regularly, regardless of the results. Frontline Episode regarding the McWane Company
McWane is a manufacturer of water and sewer pipes, by melting metal and casting pipes. Seems as if they were more like slave drivers interested in productivity and not employee safety. They had more safety violations than any of their six major competitors. Also, employees were injured or and even lost their lives while working at this company. Is was noted that approximately 5,000 employees were injured or lost their lives during the 1970’s There was also, a very high employee turnover rate of almost 100 percent at the Tyler Pipe Plant. McWane attempted to cope with the heavy employee’s turnover was by recruiting ex-convicts from local prison. OSHA had noted that many of the employees had major scars and disfigurations that could be noticed from far away. In 1995 the company had 400 more safety violations. McWane has a fortunate record of commercial success, but an undesirable reputation as one of the most dangerous workplaces in America. Reference Source: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/workplace/mcwane/two.html 2.
Identify the ethical issues associated with the McWane Corporation....
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