Advaith Group: Sidelined Impressions and Managing Talent Maps
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In 2017, Advaith Group was an Indian conglomerate with interests in various businesses including chemicals, infrastructure, and engineering. An advisor to the corporate communications group was employed on a contractual basis. Each year at the time of his contract extension, organizational politics were played out around the decision to renew the contract. The advisor was very good at what he did, but his behaviour with colleagues left room for improvement. The head of human resources had his reasons to stall the extension of the advisor’s contract and tried different means to have his way, including sidelining him within the organization. A new recruit in corporate communications came into the company with hope and the ambition to be successful in the corporate world. However, she was unsure if she could achieve this goal under the current circumstances. The managing director was asked by the chairman of the group to decide on the extension of the advisor’s contract, but he had to look at all possible angles before doing so.
This case is ideal for students in masters and doctoral programs in management or for executive training programs in organizational behaviour in the following courses: micro organizational behaviour, talent management, management development, and a consulting elective. After completion of this case, students will be able to
- gain insight into the strategies and hidden nuances of power and politics in real-world organizations;
- understand the organizational action of sidelining role holders, leading to role depletion and talent derailment;
- clarify the concept of impression management and explore the difference between impression management and self-aggrandization; and
- learn the criticality of a robust strategy that considers all aspects of talent management and appreciate the importance of its proper execution, as well as understand the practical importance of taking special care of leadership development issues and high-potential resources.
India, Small, 2017
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