The case is about a problem of miscommunication which has arisen in Omega airlines. Leigh Randell is the supervisor of in-flight services at the Atlanta base of Omega airlines. She notices a lot of duplication of effort between flight attendants & passenger service personnel in the terminal with respect to the paperwork procedures for boarding of passengers. With regard to this, she sent three memos to Tom Ballard, Omega’s passenger services rep requesting specific info on through flights, but never got a reply. After two months of futile efforts, she writes a memo to her boss, Kent Davis, the VP of in flight services, informing him of the situation & her desire to shift back to flight duty.
The problem lies in the fact that since the requirements of the passenger services & in-flight services are overlapping, it leads to a large amount of duplication of efforts & long & tiring procedures & as a consequence, unnecessary delay in Omega’s flights from Atlanta. The only two people who can sort this out are Leigh & Tom, who are at loggerheads with each other. This is because of a problem of communication between the two of them. Unless this issue is sorted out, Omega will continue to face problems.
As from Kent Davis’ perspective:
Leigh Randell is undoubtedly a bright young lady. Not only was her suggestion of coordinating efforts between in flight services & passenger services a brilliant one, but she also took the initiative to make it happen. But while Leigh decided to contact Tom Ballard directly, as she didn’t want to burden me with trivial issues, Tom expected a more formal approach, i.e through me & then his boss, Alan Brock. This is where Leigh committed her first mistake. She should have kept me informed, from the beginning Secondly, she need not have waited for 2 months while Tom ignored her memos, but should have contacted me earlier, as the benefit of Omega is above everything else. Any suggestion to...
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