Starbucks Corporation: Case Study in Motivation and Teamwork

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Because of rapid globalization over recent years, competition around the world becomes more intense, especially for the service industry with similar products. The most critical point for business to achieve success is not only the quality of products they supply, but the atmosphere of cooperating and the amount yielded from teamwork in retail sales. Therefore, it turns out to be essential for companies to motivate, reward and train their employees to be the best quality personnel. Starbucks Corporation, the most famous chain of retail coffee shops in the world, mainly benefits from roasting and selling special coffee beans, and other various kinds of coffee or tea drinks. It owns about 4000 branches in the whole world. Moreover, it has been one of the most rapid growing corporations in America as well. The reasons why Starbucks is popular worldwide are not only the quality of coffee, but also its customer service and cosy environment. Starbucks establishes comfortable surroundings for people to socialize with a fair price, which attracts all ages of consumers to come into the stores. Besides, it is also noted for its employee satisfaction. The turnover rate of employees at Starbucks was 65% and the rate of managers was 25% a year However, the rates of other national chain retailers are 150% to 400% and 50% respectively. Compared with them, the turnover rate of Starbucks is much lower than other industries on average. As a result, Starbucks is one of the optimal business models for strategies of employee motivation, customer satisfaction and cooperation of teamwork. The history of Starbucks

Starbucks began by three friends, Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl, and Gordon Bowker, who knew each other at the University of Seattle, in 1971. A sales representative, Howard Schultz, decided to be a part of Starbucks, as director of marketing and retail sales, after he realized the atmosphere and environment of the company. In 1985 Howard Schultz chose to establish a new coffee...
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