MGT 521 Management
University of Phoenix
February 23, 2010
Week 5 Problem Statement Discussion Questions
o Create a problem statement, from the issues you selected, which focuses management’s efforts to resolve these issues and achieve the organization’s goals. Create an end vision of Kudler Fine Foods by describing where Kudler could be if this opportunity is realized by management action.
Kudler Fine Foods is a gourmet grocery store that offers the finest meats, produce, cheeses, wines, and baked goods (Apollo, 2008).
Some of their issues are that they deal in mainly perishable goods, have a high pay-roll because of specialty positions, a small management team with too many responsibilities, one location is not doing well, and there are geographic expansion limitations (Apollo, 2008).
The hiring and formation of a larger management team would be a reasonable solution to the problem that Kudler Fine Foods is experiencing. According to the strategic plan, at present Kathy Kudler is attempting to handle all aspects of her business without a management team in place (Apollo, 2008). This is currently causing a small team of employees’ issues because Kathy Kudler has not empowered them to make necessary decisions if she is unavailable (Apollo, 2008).
The end vision of Kudler Fine Foods can be realized by the actions of a larger management team. Addressing the issues of inventory, reducing payroll, and location and geographic limitations by the larger management team would possible allow the company to grow. This turn would increase profits while capitalizing on a few of the current strengths of the organization, which are no direct competition, very customer orientated, and lots of valued customers (Apollo, 2008).
Kudler Fine Foods can expect to grow if the larger management team is hired and powered by Kathy Kudler to make the necessary changes and adjustments...