Silicon Valley Technologies
This paper discusses my experience and learnings as I participated in the Silicon Valley Technologies (SVT) simulation. SVT simulation was a unique experience as it put me in situations which I were new to me and made it clearly evident that when dealing with complicated corporate issues “effective communication” was the only way to make your opinion count. This simulation gave me an opportunity to put to practical use the concepts that I learnt in MGMT 3500. I was the manager for Video Products, Advanced Products in SVT. I reported to the Director of Product Development who in turn reported to Vice President of Advanced Products. As I started my day I looked at the various emails and issues that were on my plate. It seemed overwhelming at that point and I felt clueless as to where I should start from. Finally I remembered the key concept taught to us in class which was prioritizing. So I made a list of all the tasks/issues which I was expected to resolve during the day and prioritized the different issues as “High, Medium and Low”. This helped me set my agenda for the day and I set out to find my seniors/ colleagues to bring to their attention the issues which were of highest importance to me. One of my biggest challenges was that the Video Products division was a recent merger from a company called Harris into SVT and it had not been completely integrated into the SVT culture. I noticed here that I needed to influence my Director here to explain him the urgency of a fast deteriorating situation. SVT was an industrial products based company and it was completely new to selling consumer products which Harris manufactured. I met with Director for Product Development and raised my concerns regarding dissatisfaction of Harris employees. When I suggested restructuring to give the required freedom to Harris sales employees the Director was concerned with costs of restructuring. I had to use rational persuasion...
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