The case “Road to Hell,” by Gareth Evens shows a moment in time between the current chief engineer for the Caribbean Bauxite Company of Barracania, John Barker as he prepares to leave for a new assignment and his predecessor, Matthew Rennalls. The case starts as John Barker, English expatriate, giving Matthew Rennalls, a Barracanian, his final interview before he leaves. John Barker has preconceived opinion that Matthew Rennalls is racist towards expatriates and is rude and unfriendly towards them. The final interview between them ends well but there is tension in the air because of a comment made by John Barker about Barracania being in the commercial environment for 50 to 60 years while Europeans have been doing this for 200 to 300 years. This comment leads to Matthew Rennalls becoming Angry and upset leading to him turning in his letter of resignation effective immediately. Diagnosis
John Barker before Matthew Rennalls was even hired resented him because he was told by Hutchins, the production manager, that the most important thing was grooming Rennalls as his successor. This meant that he would not be able to prepare himself for the new job that he would be facing and that he would be held responsible for Rennalls transition. John Barker also had a preconceived opinion of Matthew Rennalls was racist because of his political views, and intolerance to any discrimination of value of his country as well as the fact that his father was the minister of finance and economic planning. The underlying fact is that John Barker because he was an English expatriate whether knowingly or unknowingly felt superior over the Barracanians and in turn over Matthew Rennalls which clouded his judgment. The underlying problem is John Barker’s perception of events after getting promoted which starting with the instructions given buy the plant manager and Matthew Rennalls based on his ethnicity, political views and background. Theory
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