Ivey Publishing

Organizational Theory, Design, and Change

Jones, G.R.,6/e (United States, Pearson, 2010)
Prepared By Seung Hwan (Mark) Lee, PhD Candidate
Chapter and Title Chapter Matches: Case Information
Chapter 1:
Organizations and Organizational Effectiveness

Richard M. Kesner

Product Number: 9B09E023
Publication Date: 12/11/2009
Revision Date: 2/26/2010
Length: 15 pages

This case considers the process of organizational transformation undertaken by Partners Healthcare System (PHS) since the 1990s as their hospital and affiliated ambulatory medical practices have adopted both EMR and CPOE systems. Encompassing a strategic investment in information technologies, wide-spread process change, and the pervasive use of institutional clinical decision support and knowledge management systems, this story has been 15 years in the making, culminating in 2009 with the network-wide use of EMR and CPOE by all PHS doctors. These developments in turn opened the door to the redefinition of services delivery and to the replacement of established therapies through the leveraging of the knowledge residing in 4.6 million now-digitized PHS patient records. As such, the PHS experience serves as a window into how one organization strove to address the daunting challenges of 21st century health care services information management, as a template for success in the implementation of large-scale information systems among research-based hospitals across the United States, and more broadly as a learning platform for industry executives in their efforts to transform health care delivery through data and knowledge management.

Teaching Note: 8B09E23 (18 pages)
Industry: Health Care Services
Issues: Change Management; Health Administration; Decision Support Systems; Information Systems; Northeastern
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Seung Hwan (Mark) Lee, Francine Schlosser, Philip Law, Clement Chu

Product Number: 9B08C008
Publication Date: 3/11/2008
Length: 14 pages

After 10 years of rapid growth, the Chinese Athletic Vancouver Association (CAVA) was threatened with a leadership vacuum. To deal with the recent loss of their president, the vice-president had to devise a plan that would sustain CAVA's benefit to the Vancouver Chinese community, by locating and developing leaders who could carry this organization forward. As the vice-president was expected to assume the president's role at the end of 2005, he needed to develop and implement leadership and succession planning strategies for CAVA.

Teaching Note: 8B08C08 (10 pages)
Industry: Social Advocacy Organizations
Issues: Non-Profit Organization; Leadership; Board of Directors
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Joerg Dietz, James A. Erskine, Michiel R. Leenders

Product Number: 9B00C024
Publication Date: 2/5/2001
Revision Date: 1/8/2010
Length: 12 pages

Budget pressures were forcing Talbot University's supply department to reduce its costs. While the workload remained high, the department head wondered how to reorganize the department and the work processes so that the work could be done within a reduced budget. Working towards a solution, he needed to apply principles of organization design to improve the efficiency of the department and then develop an action plan for the required organizational changes.

Teaching Note: 8B00C24 (10 pages)
Industry: Educational Services
Issues: Organizational Design; Organizational Change; Organizational Structure
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 2:
Stakeholders, Managers, and Ethics

Gerard Seijts

Product Number: 9B08C009
Publication Date: 8/14/2008
Revision Date: 2/25/2010
Length: 21 pages

The Minister of Justice for the Republic of Iceland is contemplating how to work with the various stakeholders to implement the recommendations for the structure of policing. The main issue to address is how to consolidate the number of region-based police forces. The minister's views on restructuring the police force are shared by the police association; however, a number of municipalities and police commissioners are not as enthusiastic about the proposed changes to the structure of the police organization. He understands that change is never a pain-free process. Formal reports have been submitted and now is the time to make some decisions.

Teaching Note: 8B08C09 (6 pages)
Industry: Public Administration
Issues: Implementation; Leadership
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

David J. Sharp, Mary Gillett, Jessica Frisch

Product Number: 9B04N007
Publication Date: 4/5/2004
Revision Date: 10/15/2009
Length: 6 pages

Biovail Corporation, a large pharmaceutical company, recently had its stock downgraded by a well known pharmaceutical analyst and a number of other analysts were also scrutinizing the company. The outcome was not favorable, as Biovail's acquisition methods were labeled as unethical and their accounting practices were questioned. An investor with the company must decide if she will continue to invest in a company that has been identified with low ethical standards. The supplement Biovail Corporation (B), product 9B04N008 discusses the investor's decision, and some information that caused her to reconsider that decision.

Teaching Note: 8B04N07 (7 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Patents; Ethical Issues; Investments
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Christina A. Cavanagh, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B01C007
Publication Date: 4/23/2001
Revision Date: 5/18/2017
Length: 4 pages

OrangeWerks, an entrepreneurial company that creates software applications, is preparing to present to venture capital firms for its first major round of funding. However, during routine network maintenance, the network administrator becomes aware that the company may not have purchased the original software used to create the company's product, and that government workplace safety insurance was not in place. He must decide how to proceed with the knowledge by assessing available options and judging the stakeholder impact, as well as his career implications.

Teaching Note: 8B01C07 (5 pages)
Industry: Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services
Issues: Action Planning and Implementation; E-Commerce; Organizational Behaviour; Ethical Issues
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 3:
Organizing in a Changing Global Environment

Jannifer David, Ahmed Maamoun

Product Number: 9B08C019
Publication Date: 10/20/2008
Length: 5 pages

The growing globalization of many industries has led many U.S.-based companies to open facilities overseas. In the process, researchers have counselled U.S. companies to adopt many local customs and policies to increase their probability of success in these new locations. During this same time period, many foreign-owned companies have moved into the United States and either purchased existing facilities or started new operations. The purpose of this case is to investigate how a non-American company (Toivonen) has adapted to the U.S. environment. It assesses the role of the parent company culture in the day-to-day operations of the American subsidiary.

Teaching Note: 8B08C19 (8 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Cultural Customs; Acquisition Strategy; Management in a Global Environment; Human Resources Management
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Kathleen E. Slaughter, Jeffrey Gandz, Nigel Goodwin

Product Number: 9B07C027
Publication Date: 6/4/2007
Revision Date: 5/24/2007
Length: 18 pages

This case examines the life, career and leadership style of John Meredith, the group managing director of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH). Meredith established the company in 1972 based on his vision for more efficient global trade. Under his leadership, the company grew to become the world's largest container port operator. The company grew from owning and managing a single container port to owning and managing 45 container ports by May 2007. This case also examines the importance of leadership at all levels of organizations. When a company grows quickly and sets up operations around the world, it must constantly train new leaders. However, HPH had difficulty finding and training enough leaders who were willing to lead the company's new port operations in far-off destinations. The case examines HPH's actions thus far and asks what other measures may be appropriate in the future.

Teaching Note: 8B07C27 (7 pages)
Industry: Transportation and Warehousing
Issues: Management in a Global Environment; Management Development; Leadership
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Deborah Compeau, Prahar Shah

Product Number: 9B06E019
Publication Date: 5/1/2007
Revision Date: 5/23/2017
Length: 9 pages

The case describes the circumstances surrounding the introduction of www.google.cn. In order to comply with Chinese government requirements, google.cn censors web results. This appears to contradict Google’s stated philosophy and its mission to organize and make accessible the world’s information. A public outcry ensues and Google is forced to defend its controversial decision. The case presents both sides of the debate and asks students to consider what they feel is right.

Teaching Note: 8B06E19 (4 pages)
Industry: Other Services
Issues: Information Systems; Government and Business; Ethics; Censorship; Internet; China
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Pratima Bansal, Ken Mark, Jordan Mitchell

Product Number: 9B05M001
Publication Date: 12/20/2004
Revision Date: 9/30/2009
Length: 28 pages

AWARD WINNING CASE - This case won the Oikos Sustainability Case Writing Competition 2005. Icelandic New Energy Company, a research and development consortium based in Reykjavik, Iceland, is considering what future direction to take. The two-person team has met their first major goal - the installation of the world's first commercial hydrogen filling station and the coordination of a public transport test project involving the operation of three hydrogen fuelled city buses. The company was founded with the overall objective of investigating the potential for eventually replacing the use of fossil fuels in Iceland with hydrogen-based fuels and creating the first hydrogen society in the world. Working towards the goal of self-sufficiency from fossil fuels, Icelandic New Energy Co was set up in 1999 by the consortium Vistorka and three major partners each contributing a part to the testing - Royal Dutch Shell (the refueling station), Norsk Hydro (the electrolysis technology to make the hydrogen) and DaimlerChrysler (fuel cell vehicles using hydrogen fuel). The shareholder agreement was established with the company's start in 1999 and is set to expire in 2005. With all of the major activities being outsourced and contracted, the team wondered how they could keep the company as a going concern and contribute to Iceland's transition to a hydrogen economy - a feat that could take more than 15 years.

Teaching Note: 8B05M01 (28 pages)
Industry: Utilities
Issues: Industry Analysis; Management in a Global Environment; Strategic Planning
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 4:
Basic Challenges of Organizational Design

Rod E. White, Andreas Schotter

Product Number: 9B06M084
Publication Date: 1/9/2007
Revision Date: 9/21/2009
Length: 19 pages

Over the past two years, ING Insurance Asia/Pacific had successfully implemented a new organizational and operational framework called Towards Performance Excellence (TPE), which was developed with inputs from functional heads, senior management and staff at the business unit level. TPE detailed and organized everything ING Asia/Pacific needed to execute its strategy effectively. TPE divided ING's business processes into six core categories: portfolio, marketing, organizational, operational, reputation and financial. Each category included aspects of execution known as drivers, which required managers to identify specific objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs) for each driver or sub-driver. The case includes many original exhibits and is ideally taught as the follow up case of the ING Insurance Asia/Pacific, Ivey product #9B06M083 or as a standalone case, which illustrates a real example of regional versus local organizational management.

Teaching Note: 8B06M83 (12 pages)
Industry: Finance and Insurance
Issues: Organizational Design; Organizational Structure; International Management
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

John S. Haywood-Farmer, Erika Lundholm

Product Number: 9B06D016
Publication Date: 8/30/2006
Revision Date: 9/16/2009
Length: 11 pages

The owner and founder of Boman Communications, was proud of the company's business concept which utilized technology to allow flexibility and efficiency in the production of marketing materials. However, despite this strategic advantage, the company had been unable to attract more than one large client. More importantly, recent events had led the owner to believe that many of his own employees did not understand the company's business concept. If they did not understand the company's business concept, how could they sell it to customers? Bowman knew he had to address these issues soon but was unsure how to do so.

Teaching Note: 8B06D16 (8 pages)
Industry: Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services
Issues: Corporate Strategy; Advertising; Technology; Personnel Management; Management of Change; Marketing Communication; Management of Technology
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Claus Rerup, John Lafkas

Product Number: 9B06C006
Publication Date: 4/11/2006
Revision Date: 9/16/2009
Length: 14 pages

Learning Lab Denmark, a research and development institute, encountered many of the difficulties typically experienced by start-ups, especially obstacles that involve developing a set of routines for getting things done. In other respects LLD faced several distinct challenges that are specific to its charter. This case describes in detail the history behind the formation of Learning Lab Denmark, the goals and the organizing principles underlying LLD and its sub-components, the various personnel roles and issues, including performance problems, criticism and paradoxes that arose in the first couple of years. The supplement, Organizing from Scratch: The Learning Lab Denmark Experience (B) case, product 9B06C007, picks up the story and discusses significant organizational changes.

Teaching Note: 8B06C06 (18 pages)
Industry: Educational Services
Issues: Visioning; Leadership; Entrepreneurial Business Growth; Organizational Design
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Alison Konrad, Jordan Mitchell

Product Number: 9B06M007
Publication Date: 1/13/2006
Revision Date: 9/17/2009
Length: 11 pages

The chief executive officer of Western Union had just begun implementing a new organization structure. Changing the structure set out a clear message of Gold's desire to change the company's mindset to a new more global culture. Already the CEO was finding that leaders in the United States were reluctant to give up control of product lines. At the regional level, she had keen leaders in place who wanted to push out the responsibility within their own regions and move towards a decentralized plan. While the CEO supported this notion in principle, she wanted to ensure that the right leaders could be placed in decentralized offices in order to execute on the six strategic pillars that she had laid out for the organization. One thing was certain - the CEO had made it clear that no revenue decreases would be forgiven amidst the change. Many considerations had arisen: What pace of change should she take? How would she deal with resistance to change? How could she ensure that the new structure would support Western Union's global expansion?

Teaching Note: 8B06M07 (13 pages)
Industry: Other Services
Issues: Organizational Change; Globalization; Organizational Design; Corporate Structure
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 5:
Designing Organizational Structure: Authority and Control

Torben Pedersen, Jacob Pyndt, Bo Bernhard Nielsen

Product Number: 9B08M031
Publication Date: 7/25/2008
Length: 16 pages

Coloplast's future global manufacturing strategy was based on relocation of volume production of mature product lines to low cost countries like Hungary and China, whereas most creative and innovative activities (pilot production, ramp-up and range care) were retained in Denmark. The large scale project of offshoring, first volume production and later perhaps other activities, to Tatabanya, Hungary constituted a major shift in the operational strategy for Coloplast, which resulted in a series of organizational and managerial challenges. An important feature of the case is the surprise to the management team of how challenging it was to globalize the operations despite Coloplast's international experience operating a network of subsidiaries in more than 26 countries. The management team learned how important it is to have the structure, the organization and the mindset in place when offshoring production. Sourcing internationally is very different from selling internationally as it involves the entire organization. The learning process of the management team and the challenges they faced is unfolded in this case.

Teaching Note: 8B08M31 (16 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Operations Management; Human Resources Management; Centralization; Management Science and Info. Systems; Management Information Systems; Organizational Behaviour; International Management; Change Management; Value Chain
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Tom A. Poynter, Paul W. Beamish

Product Number: 9B08M037
Publication Date: 4/15/2008
Revision Date: 5/18/2017
Length: 12 pages

Victoria Heavy Equipment (Victoria) was a family owned and managed firm which had been led by an ambitious, entrepreneurial chief executive officer who now wanted to take a less active role in the business. Victoria had been through two reorganizations in recent years, which contributed to organizational and strategic issues which would need to be addressed by a new president.

Teaching Note: 8B08M37 (7 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Growth Strategy; Organizational Structure; Leadership; Decentralization
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Shengjun Liu

Product Number: 9B05M063
Publication Date: 12/1/2005
Revision Date: 10/3/2009
Length: 27 pages

Tsingtao Brewery Co, Ltd, the best-known Chinese beer producer in the world, had been surpassed in market share by Yanjing Beer in the mid-1990s due to its inefficient operations. From 1994 to 2002, Tsingtao Brewery acquired over 47 small and medium-sized companies and regained its dominant position in the beer industry. However, this resulted in many problems including increased levels of bureaucracy, lack of integration of corporate cultures of the acquired companies, lack of brand focus, low profitability and other problems resulting from the rapid expansion. In July 2001, the General Manager Peng Zuoyi suddenly died of a heart attack. Jin Zhiguo, his successor, believes he should change the company business strategy from 'growing large to become powerful' to 'growing powerful to become large', which focuses on post-acquisition integration.

Teaching Note: 8B05M63 (4 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: China; Integration; Acquisitions; Growth Strategy; CEIBS
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

R. Murray Lindsay, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B05B018
Publication Date: 8/12/2005
Revision Date: 9/24/2009
Length: 27 pages

Sight Savers International is a not-for-profit organization that provides services in prevention and cures for blindness in developing countries. The organization must determine how it can make long range commitments today with its current environment of unpredictable donor funding and expenditures. Students will be introduced to the difficulty of using budgetary controls in an environment of considerable uncertainty; and to provide discussions on the appropriateness of principles, and implications for control systems.

Teaching Note: 8B05B18 (15 pages)
Industry: Social Advocacy Organizations
Issues: Decentralization; Corporate Strategy; Control Systems; Budgeting
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 6:
Designing Organizational Structure: Specialization and Coordination

Gerard Seijts, Jana Seijts, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B09C016
Publication Date: 9/1/2009
Length: 10 pages

Transkin Income Fund provided freight transportation services in Canada and the United States. In mid February 2009, in response to a sharp fall in demand for transportation services due to the economic crisis, the chief operation officer had suggested that each of his six freight divisions and six support divisions and the corporate division should all implement a salary rollback. The chief operating officer (COO) believed that a strong message needed to be sent to customers, shareholders, banks, owner-operators, drivers and suppliers that Transkin was being proactive by taking action internally to ride out the crisis. Two of the 13 general managers resented the COO's plan. The two dissenters were from Transkin's two most profitable divisions; they were also the most senior executives. Both had their own reasons to resist the COO's idea. The COO wondered how he should respond to both dissenters - he wanted the support of every general manager for the salary rollback.

Teaching Note: 8B09C16 (7 pages)
Industry: Transportation and Warehousing
Issues: Leading Change; Motivation; Recession
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Michael H. Zack, Ben Compaine, David T.A. Wesley

Product Number: 9B07M064
Publication Date: 10/4/2007
Revision Date: 2/26/2010
Length: 20 pages

Undergroundhiphop.com (UGHH) was the leading source of independent hip-hop on the Internet. Although company revenues remained small compared to major online music retailers, the opening of a storefront in 2005 helped create new opportunities within the music industry, but also proved to be a drain on company resources. As the founder tried to expand the company, he faced a number of choices. However, his conservative financial strategy was limiting the company's potential. UGHH desperately needed to hire programmers, designers and managers to keep up with new technological developments and social trends, such as music downloads, blogs and online social networking. Yet the cost of running a bricks and mortar retail store left little to invest in other areas of the business. The case provides a classic example of entrepreneurship that can be used in introductory and intermediate level entrepreneurship classes. It can be used as a platform to illustrate an entrepreneur who fails to make the transition to a manager. The discussion will provide an opportunity to introduce or review the concept of franchising.

Teaching Note: 8B07M64 (8 pages)
Industry: Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Recreation
Issues: Franchising; E-Business; Growth Strategy; Northeastern
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Charles Dhanaraj, Paul W. Beamish, Nikhil Celly

Product Number: 9B04M016
Publication Date: 5/14/2004
Revision Date: 3/13/2017
Length: 18 pages

Eli Lilly and Company is a leading U.S. pharmaceutical company. The new president of intercontinental operations is re-evaluating all of the company's divisions, including the joint venture with Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, one of India's largest pharmaceutical companies. This joint venture has run smoothly for a number of years despite their differences in focus, but recently Ranbaxy was experiencing cash flow difficulties due to its network of international sales. In addition, the Indian government was changing regulations for businesses in India, and joining the World Trade Organization would have an effect on India's chemical and drug regulations. The president must determine if this international joint venture still fits Eli Lilly's strategic objectives.

Teaching Note: 8B04M16 (18 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Joint Ventures; Emerging Markets; International Management; Strategic Alliances
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

David W. Conklin, Jennifer Pun

Product Number: 9B02C062
Publication Date: 11/29/2002
Revision Date: 2/12/2003
Length: 23 pages

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) is one of the 10 largest full-service financial institutions in North America. Its human resources department wanted to reinvent HR service delivery and increase automation and self-service operations. A number of options were being considered, including continuing with the status quo while undertaking patchwork operations, developing new HR capabilities in-house, outsourcing the development of HR capabilities, and exploring the opportunity to outsource entire functions. Each option presents benefits and challenges, and the senior lead on the project must begin to develop a business case to go forward. The supplemental case CIBC: Outsourcing the Human Resources Department (B), product 9B02C063 discusses the human resources outsourcing agreement.

Teaching Note: 8B02C62 (19 pages)
Industry: Finance and Insurance
Issues: Human Resources Management; Business Policy; Organizational Structure
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 7:
Creating and Managing Organizational Culture

Vesela Veleva

Product Number: 9B10M011
Publication Date: 1/28/2010
Length: 21 pages

This case focuses on New Balance, a privately held company and the fourth largest athletic footwear manufacturer in the world. Founded over 100 years ago, New Balance has a strong social responsibility culture and mission established by its owners. Its commitment to employees, for example, was expressed through maintaining domestic manufacturing in the United States (the only large footwear manufacturer to do so presently) and avoiding layoffs in the deep recession of 2007-2009. In the late 1990s, the company established the Responsible Leadership Steering Committee to address human rights issues in overseas factories. Throughout the years, private ownership had allowed New Balance to take risks and make choices that publicly held companies might not have been able to do; at the same time, private ownership also meant lower pressures to disclose social and environmental performance. The owners were also very humble and hesitant to talk aloud about social responsibility. As a global player, the present challenge for the company has become to move corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the next level from doing what's right to fully integrating CSR into the business strategy. The overall goal of the case is to use the provided information from a comprehensive company assessment to identify a few key areas where New Balance can focus on and demonstrate industry leadership while also supporting the bottom line. A set of key questions is included at the end of the paper to guide student's discussion around critical issues for building an integrated CSR strategy for New Balance, considering its culture, structure and present level of corporate citizenship management.

Teaching Note: 8B10M11 (8 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Corporate Social Responsibility; Strategy Development; Business Sustainability; Performance Assessment
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Gerard Seijts, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B09C012
Publication Date: 9/1/2009
Length: 24 pages

WestJet Airlines had achieved a lot. The airline had taken to the skies only 13 years earlier, with three airplanes flying to five destinations. Now, with a market value at more than $2 billion, the carrier had more than 70 Boeing Next Generation 737s, employed 7,000 people and had played host to more than 12 million guests. WestJet's ambition was to become the dominant airline in Canada by 2013 and one of the five most successful international airlines in the world by 2016. Achieving these goals would mean continued expansion in the WestJet organization. How could WestJet continue to build a high engagement culture as it experienced high rates of growth? In April 2009, in light of the company's rosy predictions of further growth and success, WestJet's pilots seemed dissatisfied with elements of the new contract offer. The leadership team had met a crossroad.

Teaching Note: 8B09C12 (12 pages)
Industry: Transportation and Warehousing
Issues: Employee Engagement; Leadership; Culture; Employee Relations; Organizational Design
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Pratima Bansal, Natalie Slawinski

Product Number: 9B09M035
Publication Date: 5/13/2009
Revision Date: 7/2/2009
Length: 17 pages

In June 2008, the chief executive officer of Talisman Energy Inc. (Talisman) and his senior executive team met with the company's board of directors. The purpose of this meeting was to debate Talisman's proposed entry into the oil-rich Kurdistan region of Iraq. This move was potentially very lucrative for Talisman but was fraught with risks. These risks were exacerbated by Talisman's previous foray into Sudan; during that expansion Talisman had been accused of complicity in human-rights abuses, stemming from industry-accepted royalties and fees it had paid to the government. This payment of fees was held as an example by public interest groups to allege that Talisman was indirectly funding the Sudanese civil war. Talisman's reputation had suffered to the point where the ire of investors and U.S. and Canadian governments was sufficient for Talisman to exit Sudan in 2003. There were many questions about the proposed move to Iraq, including the political situation, the views of the U.S. and Canadian government, and especially the US$220 million fee payable to the Kurdistan Regional Government. Should Talisman enter Iraq, and if so, could they avoid experiencing the same outcome as Sudan?

Teaching Note: 8B09M35 (11 pages)
Industry: Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Issues: Corporate Responsibility; Risk Management; Political Environment; Sustainable Development
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Gerard Seijts, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B04C004
Publication Date: 1/16/2004
Length: 14 pages

In 2002, approximately 1,000 Arthur Andersen employees joined Deloitte & Touche, effectively creating the largest professional services organization in Canada. The combined entity employed 6,600 people and represented annual billings of over $1 billion. A co-chair for the national integration team was faced with a huge challenge: to develop a company-wide plan to create support materials to aid the Deloitte staff in integrating the Andersen staff in the organization. The integration process was monitored through a monthly survey and would be used by the team to benchmark unit to unit over time, and to take remedial action at specific stages if the integration goals were not attained. The most recent survey indicated that Deloitte employees felt that in the company's haste to finalize the deal with Andersen, it was forgetting about its own employees. Some within the Deloitte organization did not understand the amount of attention given to Andersen employees, whom they viewed as damaged goods. The co-chair and integration team must determine the best way to deal with the feedback and the cultural differences that are surfacing.

Teaching Note: 8B04C04 (7 pages)
Industry: Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services
Issues: Change Management; Mergers & Acquisitions; Employee Attitude; Corporate Culture
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 8:
Organizational Design and Strategy in a Changing Global Environment

Paul W. Beamish, Jordan Mitchell

Product Number: 9B10M019
Publication Date: 4/5/2010
Revision Date: 11/19/2014
Length: 18 pages

In late September 2009, the CEO of the Nasdaq-traded solar cell and module manufacturer, Canadian Solar, was at an inflection point in the formation of its international strategy. The company had experienced dynamic growth during the past five years buoyed largely by aggressive incentive schemes to install solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in Germany and Spain. The credit crunch, coupled with changes in government incentive programs, caused a major decline in the demand for solar PV technology and analysts were predicting that full year 2009 sales would decline. Furthermore, competition in the industry was fierce with diverse players ranging from Japanese electronic giants to low-cost Chinese producers. Canadian Solar had decided to focus on 10 major markets in the next two to three years where strong renewable policies existed. Students are challenged with deciding if any changes to the company's global strategy are necessary.

Teaching Note: 8B10M19 (11 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: China; International Business; Growth Strategy; Global Product; Internationalization
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Paul W. Beamish, Michael Roberts

Product Number: 9B10M012
Publication Date: 2/11/2010
Revision Date: 2/12/2010
Length: 16 pages

In 2005, the vice-president of Lundbeck, a Danish based pharmaceutical firm, needed to decide what to do with one of his most promising subsidiaries, Lundbeck Korea. Over its short lifetime, under the leadership of the country manager and the Asia regional manager, the subsidiary had grown well beyond the original goals set for it. The vice-president wanted to create a reporting structure and management mix that would balance the local demands that Lundbeck Korea required for growth with Lundbeck's overall strategy of specialization, speed, integration and results. The case also traces Lundbeck's internationalization efforts in Asia over the past 20 years. The company had grown from pure licensing arrangements to establishing its own country level subsidiaries. This case introduces the dynamic tensions between taking advantage of local management expertise and executing a corporate strategy developed for an entire global group. In addition, it illustrates the importance, but difficulties, of being sensitive to local management goals, while promoting a global corporate culture.

Teaching Note: 8B10M12 (19 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: MNE Reporting Structures; International Strategy; Emerging Markets
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Paul W. Beamish, Aloysius Newenham-Kahindi

Product Number: 9B07C040
Publication Date: 10/30/2007
Length: 18 pages

The case examines how the best practices of two banks were organized and managed to provide financial services to a small niche of foreign customers in the mining, tourism and construction sectors in Tanzania. The two banks claimed to be similar in many ways. They both were from countries whose economies were run broadly on neo-liberal lines, in that there was little state intervention in either economy, however, differences existed with respect to how they managed their operations. The case is ideally suited to illustrate the on-going tension and different types of best practices in cross-market integration. It provides opportunities to explore the challenges faced by multinational company banks in managing global workforces, the evolution of the banking sector, and the influence of technology in shaping work in organizations.

Teaching Note: 8B07C40 (16 pages)
Industry: Finance and Insurance
Issues: International Management; Expatriate Management; Trade Unions; Management Training; Emerging Markets; Performance Evaluation; Recruiting; Subsidiaries; Career Development; Employee Selection
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Joerg Dietz, Fernando Olivera, Elizabeth O'Neil

Product Number: 9B03M052
Publication Date: 11/28/2003
Revision Date: 1/8/2019
Length: 16 pages

Leo Burnett Company Ltd. is a global advertising agency. The company is working with one of its largest clients to launch a new line of hair care products into the Canadian and Taiwanese test markets in preparation for a global rollout. Normally, once a brand has been launched, it is customary for the global brand centre to turn over the responsibility for the brand and future campaigns to the local market offices. In this case, however, the brand launch was not successful. Team communications and the team dynamics have broken down in recent months and the relationships are strained. Further complicating matters are a number of client and agency staffing changes that could jeopardize the stability of the team and the agency/client relationship. The global account director must decide whether she should proceed with the expected decision to modify the global team structure to give one of the teams more autonomy, or whether she should maintain greater centralized control over the team. She must recommend how to move forward with the brand and determine what changes in team structure or management are necessary.

Teaching Note: 8B03M52 (14 pages)
Industry: Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 9:
Organizational Design, Competences, and Technology

Abhijit Gopal, Akbar Saeed

Product Number: 9B09M094
Publication Date: 12/11/2009
Length: 16 pages

The vice-president of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) was reflecting on the role NASSCOM currently played: it was considered the voice of the software and services industry in India and had been extremely successful in promoting Indian information technology (IT) to the world. Each success had now forced NASSCOM to reconsider its goals to better align itself to the complex needs of the quickly evolving IT business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry in India. The vice-president had been asked to address attendees at a leadership conference with details of NASSCOM's strategic refocusing. How could NASSCOM maintain its relevance in an industry that was already considered a global leader? How would NASSCOM position itself in response to its own president's desire to focus on the small-medium enterprise (SME) segment of the Indian industry, and also in response to a report that identified the domestic market as a significant future growth driver of IT enabled services? What role would it play, and how would it get there?

Teaching Note: 8B09M94 (3 pages)
Industry: Social Advocacy Organizations
Issues: Strategic Change; Strategic Positioning; Strategy and Resources; Strategic Alliances
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Rebecca A. Grant, Meghan Stothers

Product Number: 9B07E013
Publication Date: 1/26/2007
Revision Date: 5/28/2007
Length: 12 pages

When the founder of iStockphoto.com started the company in 2000, his objective was to share his vast collection of stock photography with graphic designers worldwide, and, in the process, help others do the same. By 2002, the organization was a respected and successful online community, but the founder and his partners now had to consider the profitability of their company. iStock was founded on community and collaboration - not commerce. Should the model change and if so, what would it take to make a significant culture change work? The case examines the culture and business opportunities for this start-up. It demonstrates the challenges of generating profit from an online community, as well as the key factors needed to build a community that can be turned into a profitable business.

Teaching Note: 8B07E13 (8 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Organizational Change; E-Business Models; Strategy Implementation; E-Commerce
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Christina A. Cavanagh

Product Number: 9B02C005
Publication Date: 3/11/2002
Revision Date: 10/29/2009
Length: 20 pages

Certicom is a supplier of digital information products and services to original equipment manufacturers of information technology products. As wireless electronic commerce spread worldwide, the company worked to develop a highly efficient and secure method of encryption. Two years after successfully completing a Canadian initial public offering, they made two acquisitions that increased their product breadth and the company moved to Silicon Valley. Knowing that their continued growth in a highly competitive market was dependent on their ability to respond to new products and changing technologies, the chief executive officer decided to pursue a listing on the Nasdaq. During the mandatory series of informational meetings to line up institutional investors, the company had received considerable investor interest. The day before Certicom was to make its Nasdaq debut, however, the Nasdaq suffered one of its largest single day losses in history. The chief executive officer considered the hard work and optimism that had brought him to the Nasdaq listing and what options, if any, he could now pursue.

Teaching Note: 8B02C05 (5 pages)
Industry: Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services
Issues: Technology; Management Communication; Management Decisions; Investment Dealers
Difficulty: 5 - MBA/Postgraduate

Chris J. Piper, Narendar Sumukadas

Product Number: 9A97D012
Publication Date: 12/3/1997
Revision Date: 2/3/2010
Length: 15 pages

The vice-president Operations of Spartan Plastics, is facing a trade-off. As an avid proponent of the Toyota production system, just in time manufacturing (JIT), ISO 9001, and continuous improvement, he has reduced setup times, batch sizes, and throughput times. On the other hand, the scrap rate has shot up. This case would be appropriate for use in a production and operations course, to introduce students to the concepts of JIT and world class manufacturing.

Teaching Note: 8A97D12 (6 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Quality Management; Continuous Improvement; Just-in-Time; Operations Management
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 10:
Types and Forms of Organizational Change

T.S. Raghu

Product Number: 9B10E002
Publication Date: 3/2/2010
Revision Date: 2/4/2015
Length: 18 pages

Pinnacle West is in the energy-related services business and headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Its largest subsidiary, APS, is a power utility that serves over a million customers across Arizona. The case was written when one of the biggest recessions in recent history hit global and U.S. markets. Written from the perspective of the vice-president and chief information officer, the case chronicles the various recent successful process change initiatives at Pinnacle West. The vice-president has achieved initial success in instituting a process-oriented culture inside his own information technology (IT) services organization, and in some specific business units within Pinnacle West. He now faces a significant crossroads in his process orientation strategy for Pinnacle West. He has to devise a strategy for a wider rollout of a process-oriented strategy throughout Pinnacle West and determine if the larger enterprise is ready for this strategy. He has to consider various issues in making this decision - resource availability, change management competency and buy-in from other top-level managers. He has to carefully weigh the various options in rolling out this strategy, as he fears that any misstep may derail his carefully executed plans for bringing a process-oriented approach to managing at Pinnacle West. This case can be used in an introductory systems course. It can also be used in a course on business process management or operations management.

Teaching Note: 8B10E02 (8 pages)
Industry: Utilities
Issues: Organizational Change; Information Technology Strategy; Change Management; Business Process Re-Engineering
Difficulty: 5 - MBA/Postgraduate

Adenekan (Nick) Dedeke

Product Number: 9B09M067
Publication Date: 10/30/2009
Revision Date: 2/26/2010
Length: 13 pages

In the decade that the chairman, president and chief operating officer of Linens 'N Things (LNT) had been leading the firm, there had been significant changes to the industry. Specifically, its main competitor was experiencing higher sales and profits with the result of increased market share. External advice was sought to identify strategies available to LNT to catch up to its competitor and a successful Guest Oriented, Locally-Driven (GOLD) pilot was launched. Due to dwindling interests and internal resistance to the initiative, however, the chairman was left to decide what to do with the roll-out. He had several options to consider: Should he maintain the current pilot, or simply shut it down? Could it be changed or altered to encourage participation? Should it be district-specific? Or perhaps issuing an executive mandate would generate involvement. The chairman knew any decision would have to consider these and other cultural and strategic issues.

Teaching Note: 8B09M67 (11 pages)
Industry: Retail Trade
Issues: Retailing; Organizational Change; Operations Management; Strategic Management; Leadership Issues; Organizational Culture; Northeastern
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Colleen Sharen

Product Number: 9B08C016
Publication Date: 8/11/2008
Revision Date: 5/6/2014
Length: 10 pages

The human resources manager at the Alice Saddy Association (Alice Saddy), a non-profit agency in London, Ontario, Canada, supporting people with developmental disabilities who lived independently rather than in group homes, informed the executive director that some of the support workers believed that the current organizational structure caused confusion, slowed decision making and created potential risk for the people served by Alice Saddy. The executive director agreed that there were some problems related to the structure of the organization. However, the structure reflected the mission of Alice Saddy and changes were likely to be resisted by the management team for that reason. The executive director had to decide how to proceed.

Teaching Note: 8B08C16 (8 pages)
Industry: Social Advocacy Organizations
Issues: Organizational Structure; Corporate Culture; Mission Statements; Organizational Change
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 11:
Organizational Transformations: Birth, Growth, Decline, and Death

Ilan Alon, Kimberley Howard

Product Number: 9B09C015
Publication Date: 7/16/2009
Length: 9 pages

In late May 2009, Albert Bohemier, CEO of Survival Systems Limited (SSL), located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, paced the deck of the training pool at Survival Training Simulation Theatre wondering how best to transition the company to new leadership. During the past five years, attempts at succession planning had been unsuccessful. As the leader of the company for over 25 years, Bohemier was ready to retire, but there were many aspects of succession planning to consider. Bohemier's personal criteria for incoming leadership were threefold: it had to be good for SSL's existing clients, a positive move for the company as a whole and good for the current team.

Teaching Note: 8B09C15 (6 pages)
Industry: Educational Services, Manufacturing
Issues: Succession Planning; Organizational Change; International Business
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Charlene Zietsma, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B06M085
Publication Date: 11/6/2006
Revision Date: 9/21/2009
Length: 10 pages

The vice-president of human resources of the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) had just concluded negotiating the first collective agreements for two separate bargaining units with the association's union, who represented about 25 per cent of BCAA's workforce. BCAA's senior management wanted to find a way to reconcile with its unionized employees while still carrying on with the biggest cultural change in the company's century-long history. They wondered how best to proceed. The case serves as a discussion vehicle for how companies can manage labor relations post-strike, while attempting to implement strategic change.

Teaching Note: 8B06M85 (9 pages)
Industry: Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services
Issues: Strategy and Resources; Services; Small Business; Competitive Advantage
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Anne Marie Francesco, Bee-Leng Chua

Product Number: 9B05C005
Publication Date: 3/22/2005
Revision Date: 9/28/2009
Length: 10 pages

The Hong Kong Jockey Club, a non-profit gaming organization and social club founded in 1884, was unusual, for through its payment of taxes and donations to the community, it had over the years funded a sizeable portion of Hong Kong government expenses and charitable work. The newly hired director of the information technology department is concerned about inefficient operation. The IT division had been an established part of the club for many years, and throughout time, had been organized and reorganized to meet the changing needs of the club. A task force is put together and an external consultant is brought in to review the division's organization. Upon completion of the review, the director of the division learns that the person heading the review plans to resign and must decide what to do.

Teaching Note: 8B05C05 (8 pages)
Industry: Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Recreation
Issues: Organizational Structure; Group Behaviour; Corporate Culture; Change Management
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Fernando Olivera, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B00C030
Publication Date: 1/25/2001
Revision Date: 1/8/2010
Length: 11 pages

OP4.com, an Internet portal for teenagers, had just celebrated six months of existence. The co-founders of OP4.com knew that the internal culture had to reflect the identity of its Web site, so they wanted to cultivate a savvy, hip staff. They used unique methods to evaluate a prospect's fit into the company and some unorthodox training and feedback systems. With profitability being the next key step, they had to determine how to maintain this culture through the next stage of growth; one which would result in the creation of business units and formal reporting structures for staff.

Teaching Note: 8B00C30 (9 pages)
Industry: Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Recreation
Issues: Job Satisfaction; Organizational Behaviour; Organizational Structure; Leadership
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 12:
Decision Making, Learning, Knowledge Management, and Information Technology

Lynda St. Clair, Lori A. Coakley, James C. Segovis

Product Number: 9B09C019
Publication Date: 1/25/2010
Length: 1 pages

What would you do if you witnessed an act of vandalism by one employee toward the property of another? This is the situation that Pat, an employee at The Heritage Business Group, faces when she witnesses a co-worker, Mark, keying a car belonging to another co-worker, Fran. Initially, Mark does not know that Pat saw him vandalize Fran's car. Pat is aware that Fran and Mark had been arguing over the past few months. Part A of the case ends with Pat wondering what she should do. Following Part A are three more parts to the story (found in the teaching note) that can be handed out or projected for the students to read. Each part sequentially adds information about the decision the individual actually made, and presents another decision required by one of the key players (Harry, the owner, in parts B and D) and Mark, the antagonist, in part C). There are three teaching objectives for this case: 1) demonstrate that limitations of a rational decision-making approach when confronted with a complex, emotionally-charged conflict situation 2) analyze a conflict situation in terms of the types of conflict observed, including antisocial work behaviour, and the conflict handling styles used by different individuals in the situation 3) evaluate the short- and long-term implications of making decisions related to antisocial workplace behaviour using different ethical frameworks.

Teaching Note: 8B09C19 (14 pages)
Industry: Health Care Services
Issues: Ethical Issues; Decision Making; Conflict Resolution; Human Behaviour
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Pratima Bansal, Jijun Gao

Product Number: 9B08M073
Publication Date: 9/22/2008
Revision Date: 11/18/2008
Length: 17 pages

The chief executive officer of an oil and gas company must decide whether he wants to invest heavily in reducing greenhouse gases. Specifically, Suncor Energy must evaluate whether it should invest $425 million in carbon capture and storage or wait until there is greater certainty in the political, social and business environment. The case will help students develop skills of analyzing business decisions under higher environmental uncertainty, especially when the outcome is a long-term goal. Further, the issues presented in the case open up discussions about climate change and the interaction between business actions and societal expectations. There is also an opportunity to speak about the interaction between business and public policy.

Teaching Note: 8B08M73 (8 pages)
Industry: Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Issues: Decision Making; Tradeoff Analysis; Uncertainty
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

W. Glenn Rowe, John R. Phillips

Product Number: 9B02M038
Publication Date: 1/9/2003
Revision Date: 3/4/2011
Length: 9 pages

Paragon Information Systems is a small business unit owned by NewTel Enterprises Limited that manufacturers hardware for information technology and systems integration. The newly appointed chief executive officer is faced with a crisis. Days after his appointment, two vice-presidents resign and start a new company. The new company recruits the entire sales team, members of the technical unit and support staff from Paragon Information Systems, a loss of almost one third of Paragon's staff within two months. The new chief executive officer must meet short-term stakeholder needs, assess, formulate and implement long-term strategies, deal with the competitive threat of the new company, and consider the leadership style and control systems required to make the necessary level of change.

Teaching Note: 8B02M38 (7 pages)
Industry: Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services
Issues: Leadership; Strategy Development; Strategy Implementation; Organizational Change
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Allen Morrison, Cyril Bouquet

Product Number: 9A99M047
Publication Date: 5/9/2000
Revision Date: 1/21/2010
Length: 9 pages

Oak Valley Inc. is a $2.1 billion Toronto-based company operating in various consumer markets. In early 1993, the company launched a management development program with the objective of promoting a culture that thrived on best practices. Five years later, the chief executive officer is attempting to evaluate the impact of the program on participants. Hoping to generate new insights that could be applied to similar events in the future, he has asked a team of five past participants to meet to discuss what they learned. This short case deals with the attitudes and behaviors most conducive to individual and group-based learning. The case provides an excellent vehicle for discussing how people learn, how teams can accelerate the learning process, and how companies can create positive learning environments.

Teaching Note: 8A99M47 (8 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Employee Training; Management Training; Personal Development; Group Behaviour
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 13:
Innovation, Intrapreneurship, and Creativity

Malcolm Munro, Sid L. Huff

Product Number: 9B08C004
Publication Date: 1/14/2008
Revision Date: 2/16/2008
Length: 11 pages

Pay Zone Consulting is a small, highly specialized global consulting group providing information management solutions for the exploration and production sector of the oil and gas industry. The company operates entirely virtually with consultants and software developers in different parts of the world. The principals are considering growth options but are intent on preserving the quality of life provided by their virtual business model. The case examines the communication technologies employed by the principals in support of their virtual teamwork and describes the administrative information technology infrastructure that enables the firm to operate with no administrative staff or office. The case also discusses the organizational and personal factors underlying the company’s ability to operate successfully virtually.

Teaching Note: 8B08C04 (9 pages)
Industry: Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Gloria Barczak, David T.A. Wesley

Product Number: 9B08A004
Publication Date: 1/31/2008
Revision Date: 2/26/2010
Length: 26 pages

In 2007, Nintendo's inexpensive and quirky Wii video game console had become all the rage. Despite its underpowered processor and comparatively basic graphics, it outsold both the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Microsoft Xbox 360. Nintendo's handheld system, known as the DS, also outsold Sony's more advanced PlayStation Portable. Nintendo's products were so successful, retail stores in North America and Japan quickly sold out whenever new shipments arrived, and many consumers were forced to pay premium prices on the grey market. The case examines the characteristics of a successful new product launch, particularly product features, brand loyalty, content availability, third-party support, and adherence to industry standards. The case also considers how radical innovations can be used to win market share from technically superior products focused on incremental innovations. Finally, a 4P marketing analysis is used to compare video game systems offered by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. The case may be used with The Launch of the Sony PlayStation 3 (Ivey Case 9B07A014) and A Note on Video and Computer Games (Ivey Case 9B07A013).

Teaching Note: 8B08A04 (10 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Market Strategy; New Products; Generating Profit from New Technology; Product Design/Development; Northeastern
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Paul W. Beamish, Changwha Chung

Product Number: 9B03M002
Publication Date: 2/6/2003
Revision Date: 10/21/2009
Length: 10 pages

General Motors Defense, a division of General Motors, one of the world's largest automobile manufacturers, designs and manufactures light armored vehicles. The company is approached by General Dynamics to jointly pursue the U.S. Army's Brigade Combat Team program. However, General Dynamic made it clear that they would also submit a bid on their own. Contrary to past practices, the chief of staff of the U.S. Army planned to award the multi-billion dollar contract within only 11 months. The executive director of General Motors Defense has to decide whether the company should bid-it-alone or submit a joint venture bid with General Dynamics.

Teaching Note: 8B03M02 (9 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: Joint Ventures; Doing Business in the U.S.; Political Environment; Leadership
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Aimin Yan, Leslie Steinberg

Product Number: 9A99C030
Publication Date: 2/9/2000
Revision Date: 1/14/2010
Length: 12 pages

In a 30-year career, a recently retired international manager of Xerox Corporation played a major role in the company's international expansion to emerging economies, assumed key responsibilities for the negotiation and founding of several international joint ventures, and served as an expatriate manager of these ventures in several countries (e.g., Mexico, Brazil, and China). The case provides a learning opportunity at both the individual and the organizational levels. As a manager or future manager, the student can learn about critical career decisions, development through international assignments, and the joys and frustrations of the portable life of an expatriate family. At the organizational level, the case provides useful examples of international growth/expansion strategies, challenges for managing joint venture operations, and international human resource policies and practices. Importantly, the case presents these examples/issues in the context of doing business in emerging economies. Frans Ryckebosch: An International Manager (B) case, (9A99C031) may be used as a supplement to this case.

Teaching Note: 8A99C30 (9 pages)
Industry: Manufacturing
Issues: China; Career Development; Organizational Behaviour; International Business; Human Resources Management
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

Chapter 14:
Managing Conflict, Power, and Politics

Gerard Seijts, Ken Mark

Product Number: 9B04C029
Publication Date: 9/20/2004
Revision Date: 10/9/2009
Length: 4 pages

A real estate analyst has been hired as a government employee to manage Canada's overseas property holdings, including its embassies and diplomatic residences. Despite strict government regulations regarding the procurement of overseas accommodations and policies relating to fiscal accountability, the analyst has witnessed the luxurious accommodations enjoyed by diplomatic staff posted abroad. She documents the abuses and reports the finding to her supervisor, who does nothing. The analyst must decide whether to take her finding further. The supplements Price of Speaking Out Against the Betrayal of Public Trust: Joanna Gualtieri (B), (C) and (D), products 9B04C030, 9B04C031 and 9B04C032 looks at her decision and the events that follow.

Teaching Note: 8B04C29 (9 pages)
Industry: Public Administration
Issues: Whistleblower; Accountability in the Public Service; Ethical Issues; Leadership
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

James A. Erskine, Michael Sartor

Product Number: 9B04C008
Publication Date: 4/5/2004
Revision Date: 10/6/2009
Length: 20 pages

In less than six months, a telecommunications company has faced two incidents of alleged violations of the Canadian Human Rights Act. The general manager spent considerable time interviewing employees about the first incident. He then reported his findings, and the Canadian Human Rights Commission confirmed that no discrimination had occurred. Just a few months later, an employee approached her supervisor, alleging sexual harassment by a colleague. The company's general manager must not only deal with the second incident, he wonders whether he needs to draft a human resources policy to outline employee rights and responsibilities under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Teaching Note: 8B04C08 (9 pages)
Industry: Information, Media & Telecommunications
Issues: Human Resources Management; Discrimination; Human Rights; Sexual Harassment
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

James A. Erskine, Michael LeBoldus

Product Number: 9B03M020
Publication Date: 5/1/2003
Revision Date: 10/22/2009
Length: 7 pages

Grandview Excavators Ltd. is a privately owned company that prepares and excavates land for construction development. A recently promoted project estimator has prepared a quote for a project. He receives a phone call from the customer stating that the quote was too low and to resubmit a new quote for a suggested higher amount. He makes the adjustment and submits the second quote. A few days later the company is awarded the project and work begins immediately. After the project is completed, the project estimator receives payment and discovers the payment is less than the original quote amount. It is not clear why the payment has been reduced and he must decide whether to contact the client directly for an explanation or advise his boss.

Teaching Note: 8B03M20 (4 pages)
Industry: Construction
Issues: Contracting; Conflict Resolution; Ethical Issues
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA

James A. Erskine, Leslie Ly

Product Number: 9B03C021
Publication Date: 5/1/2003
Revision Date: 10/17/2009
Length: 6 pages

Document Reproductions is a leading provider of outsourced content management and customer communication solutions. A scanner operator with the company has found out about a dispute between two co-workers while at work. One of the co-workers involved is her husband and she is concerned that this may cause him to lose his job. She must decide whether to tell the manager of operations what happened or persuade another co-worker who witnessed the incident to come forward.

Teaching Note: 8B03C21 (5 pages)
Industry: Other Services
Issues: Cross Cultural Management; Employee Relations; Conflict Resolution; Interpersonal Relations
Difficulty: 4 - Undergraduate/MBA