HENRY TAM AND THE MGI TEAM CASE STUDY
The Music Games International (Hereafter referred to as “MGI”) team comprised of seven (7) members as stated - The group is extremely diverse comprising of the following, Henry Tam and Dana Soiman were final semester students at Harvard Business School (Hereafter referred to as “HBS”) working on the business plan not just for the competition, and as a professional challenge as soon. For the founders, Sasha Gimpelson was known for his unconventional ideas. Igor Tkachenko, an accomplished musician and Roman Yakub, a composer. Alex Sartakov -introduced to the group through a mutual friend of Igor and Sasha, he had music background, Dav Clark was a MIT graduate had a software background and was also planning to enter the MGI case for the MIT business plan contest.
What is your evaluation of the MGI’s team process? What were the roots causes of the team’s process problems?
In evaluating the team's process from the four stages of group development as shown at Exhibit 1 are: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing.
The forming stage in which the founders of MGI looking for someone who could work on doing general management, sales and marketing for their child edutainment products while at the same time, Henry and Dana, the two HBS MBA class students were looking at a company for them to work for The Harvard Business Plan Contest. At this important stage, the team had to start designing the team structure, appointing team leader, developing individual roles, developing thrust and communication, developing norms, defining problems and strategy and identifying information needed.
However, that was never happened and in fact there was something ‘unusual’ at the forming stage in which one of the co-founders, Roman was missing at the first meeting, while Alex was introduced as one of the team member at the second meeting while Dave at the third meeting subsequently. The forming stage was...
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