Southern Discomfort

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Southern Discomfort

Summary:
Jim Malesckowski received a call from his boss, who wanted him to go to Mexico and determine some figures for their manufacturing company. Their present plant is in Oconomo, Wisconsin, where they employ 520 people. Oconomo is a small town of just under 10,000 people and jobs are limited, so the company provides some help to their poor economy. Jim’s boss is thinking about moving the plant into Mexico where he could cut costs dramatically, saving the company millions of dollars each year. The workers of the company are part of a labor union that negotiates wages and duties with the company. The union does not want its workers to earn lower wages or become cross trained to do many different jobs. Jim is stuck between a rock and a hard place because his boss wants him to report the findings in Mexico yet Jim knows if he does then the plant will most likely move into Mexico. The company will save a lot of money in production and labor costs if they move but it will take away 520 full time jobs from the people of Oconomo. Jim needs to figure out what to tell his boss when he meets with his boss the next day.

Assumptions:
It is assumed that this is a very difficult decision for Jim to make. Businesses are faced with this problem all the time. If the business moves to Mexico then surely they will save money and have more money to invest with. It is assumed that Jim doesn’t want to be the bearer of bad news in the town of Oconomo where he would have to tell the workers that they are going to be laid off because the company is moving its plant to Mexico. Both sides of the situation must be heavily thought out as no quick decision can be made here.

Main Concern:
The main concern is for Jim to figure out what he is going to tell his boss. Jim needs to make a decision as to what he will report to his boss on the situation in Mexico.

Vantage Points:
The first vantage point is that Jim will tell his boss about the...
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