Case let 1
Mr. Vincent, the Manager of a large supermarket, was taking a management course in the
evening programme at the local college. The Professor had given an interesting but disturbing
lecture the previous night on the various approaches to management. Vincent had always thought
that management involved just planning, organizing and controlling. Now this Professor was
saying that management could also be thought of as quantitative models, systems theory and
analysis, and even something called contingency relationships. Vincent had always considered
himself a good manager, and his record with the supermarket chain had proved it. He thought of
himself, “I have never used operations research models, thought of my store as an open system,
or developed or utilized any contingency relationship. By doing a little planning ahead,
organizing the store, and making some things got done, I have been a successful manager. That
other stuff just does not make sense. All the professor was trying to do was complicate things. I
guess I will have to know it for the test, but I am sticking with my old plan, organize and control
approach to managing my store.”
1. Critically analyze Mr. Vincent’s reasoning.
2. If you were the professor and you knew what was going through Vincent’s mind, what would you
say to Vincent?
Case let 2
The Regional Administration Office of a company was hastily set up. Victor D’Cuhna a young executive
was directly recruited to take charge of Data Processing Cell of this office. The data processing was to
help the administrative office in planning and monitoring. The officer cadre of the administrative office
was a mix of directly recruited officers and promotee officers (promotion from within the organization).
Females dominated the junior clerical cadre. This cadre was not formally trained. The administrative
office had decided to... [continues]
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