Situation Analysis and Problem Statement: Global Communications Corporation University of Phoenix
Situation Analysis and Problem Statement
Global Communications (GC) is a technology firm struggling with the after effects of the bust in the Information Technology Industry. GC is faced with how to rebound, based upon the strategic initiatives presented by the Senior Leadership Team. This paper will explore the real problem that Global Communication faces meeting the challenge for continued competition in the technology arena. Through the application of the 9-step problem solving method the writer will dissect the situation and assess the issues, opportunities, ethical dilemmas, and goals to come up with the problem. The writer will then calculate the alternatives, risks and pros and cons of the possible decisions; followed by an evaluation of the development and implementation of the final solution and the final results. The first step, however, will be to explore how GC came to this apex. Situation Background (Step 1)
Global Communications has experienced a drop in stock value as a result of the recent bust in the high tech industry. During the boom time, many companies popped up. This influx of new providers saturated the market and provided more competition and the need for further technological advances to keep up with consumer demand. GC's challenge was keeping up with the needed advances and turning a profit. This is something that they have not been able to do. As a result of lagging profits and a lowered customer base, GC recently made changes to infuse fresh ideas into the corporate mix. Katrina Heinz, the new CEO, brings with her the knowledge of the global long-distance industry. It is Katrina's desire to increase revenue and profit through globalization. Another new person, Nancy Everhardt was brought aboard as the EVP for her expertise in growing the small business market through the creation of products that were more attractive to consumers. The new corporate team has tried to stem the downward spiral by negotiating a new contract with the Union which included concessions on education and health benefits. However, after further evaluation of the current financial situation this has not been enough to realize the changes that the Board of Directors demands. In order to turn things around financially, the corporate team has devised a plan to increase market share, profitability, and globalization. The plan entails the downsizing of the domestic call center and outsourcing those positions to a more technologically advanced work force in India and Ireland. The savings in the cost of labor would decrease the overhead for advancement.Need citation here The question at this point is, at what cost? Issue Identification
There are many challenges facing GC in this scenario. At this juncture the learner will point out several that are on the forefront. The first issue is the problem of dwindling stock prices. The recent reaction to the troubles of the IT industry has resulted in a greater than 50% reduction in GC's stock value. There is also the issue of GC's inability to effectively compete in the marketplace. The market is saturated with competitors who have diverse capabilities that better serve the demands of the consumer. GC has not been able at this point, to provide the technological advances that consumers are looking for.
The direction that Global Communications wishes to move in creates another issue in that the possible downsizing of the Domestic Call Center would displace a large percentage of employees. Employees have become complacent with their current skill sets and are not returning to school to maintain a competitive edge as an employee or producer of advanced technological capabilities(Gincel, 2005). GC's plan is to outsource to an area where technological skills are...