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Jane joins the club: Diversity & corporate gove … CO1-280-I
How to make an effective contribution to a closely-knit board run by a longtime and rigid chair, and how to do so as the only woman? This is the predicament this fictional case study presents Jane Pruitt, a 54-year-old CFO coming in from another company under shareholder pressure. She is striving to make a much-needed impact on a privately-held formerly family-run metalworking machinery and equipment manufacturer overseen by five male board members (and financially interconnected friends) all about 70 years of age.
Jane begins to suspect that the intellectual, generational and gender diversity she was hired to provide was brought on board only for public show.
The case raises important questions about the value of diversity in a team environment and will engage any student who has been an outsider on an insular, club-like team.
This case presents several challenges that are relevant for organizations today. First, it explores a newcomer’s perspective on being an outsider in an insider-dominated setting. Second, the case presents a number of common board/team practices that undercut effectiveness. Finally, it gives students the opportunity to think and talk about board diversity, its merits and challenges, and possible paths forward to success.
Within that setting, several instructional objectives can be met:
Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour | Human Resources | Innovation
- Diversity: The experience of the outsider, and the deep frustrations of not fitting in.
- Board Process: Board effectiveness requires both the right board composition and the right board process.
- Leadership: The next leader is often already at the table but may not match the stereotype of the old one.
Rosa Vañó and Castillo de Canena CO1-259-I-M
This case study tells the story of the gourmet olive oil company Castillo de Canena highlighting the professional career developments of its protagonists. It focuses on Rosa Vañó who just before her 40th birthday left an executive role at Coca-Cola to manage a new family business line in the olive oil company with her brother. She had given up what promised to be a brilliant career to take up a new professional challenge in a small company that is fast becoming her personal dream. It shows the dilemmas of such a decision and details the first successes and failures.
The case puts the student into the picture with graphs and audiovisuals in depth interviews of the transformation of the company the people and their future challenges. It also includes the description of the strategy formulation process followed by the Vañó siblings as well as of their first strategic plan. It concludes with Rosa and Francisco Vañó reflecting on the future of the company. The economic crisis and the proliferation of new products have made it more difficult to achieve success through a differentiation strategy. In this context they have received an offer to buy the company which has both strategic and personal implications: Should they sell the company? Should they make the career shift from owners to managers?
This case study can be taught as part of core MBA subjects like Organizational Behavior about career management and career transition. The case has been particularly useful in Organizational Behavior modules designed for experienced audiences, since they are more likely to be receptive to the career transition story described in the case.Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour | Innovation
R and the organization of the XXI century RH1-139-I-M
The multimedia case R and the Organization of the XXI Century tells the story of the Galician telecom company R from its beginnings until the year 2009. It is focused on the HR management model which is based on management by happiness.
Students are able to complete different tests about personal and work satisfaction and get firsthand insight into coaching and the selection process from a happiness perspective. It is possible to relate R's HR management model with their own work life.Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour | Human Resources
From Team Leadership to Self-Leadership CO2-312-I
Starting from the idea that “organizations are the people that are in them,” and that managing them correctly determines business success, a number of tools are studied that allow personal skills to be developed, examining motivational, communication and coaching factors. In addition, the figure of the leader and the leader’s influence on work teams is studied, defining the guidelines to be followed to be a good leader and thus achieve a high-performance team.Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour
Leadership perception around the world CO2-310-I-M
This tutorial introduces six dimensions of leadership found across the world some which are highly regarded in all cultures and some which are associated as undesirable in certain countries.
The students will be asked to compare these dimensions across countries and cultures and estimate which are higher than others to gain a sense of understanding for how expectations and prototypes for leadership differ around the world.Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour