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ABB & GALINDO: Stretching managerial responsibil … DE1-212-I
The case follows the implementation of ABB´s decision to restructure its operations in Spain and close the manufacturing line at its Galindo factory in the Basque Country. ABB was required to enter into formal negotiations with its workers towards a Labor Force Reduction Procedure (ERE). The workers at Galindo strongly objected to ABB´s restructuring proposals and were not placated by the company´s generous offers of compensation and employee retraining. The workers employed a number of strategies to derail the ERE including appealing to local politicians and engaging in public protests. After negotiations failed, a final decision was made to approve the ERE by the Ministry of Labor in Madrid.Academic Area:Strategy | Negotiation
Galletas Fontaneda & United Biscuits RH1-120-I-M
This interactive multimedia case describes the crisis that surrounded the sale of the Galletas Fontaneda biscuit factory in 2002. United Biscuit's announcement to sell the factory was the beginning of a seven month conflict that would affect the employees its managers and residents of the town of Aguilar de Campoo.
The case is based around an interactive timeline which allows students to consider the main events of the crisis in detail. For each of the milestones interviews with the president of United Biscuits the head of the worker's council and the mayor of Aguilar de Campoo provide analysis.Academic Area:Human Resources | Negotiation
Clínica Santa Sofía CG1-125-I
Felipe Izcaray, the new general manager of the Clínica Santa Sofía in Madrid, a hospital specializing in gynecological and pediatric care, was put in charge of improving management and increasing profitability. Although the company was well-managed in terms of processes, it did not have its objectives clearly defined. Although the company has improved in terms of operational efficiency and cost control, their profits had not gone up. Izcaray decided to hold a meeting with the Board of Directors to present his analysis of hospital management. He proposed making changes in the departmental structure and drawing up a new department-by-department organizational chart, providing 24-hour emergency service and treating customers in a way that their stay is a true pleasure. The conclusions from the meeting were that profitability needed to be increased by attracting high-value customers, comprehensive service needed to be provided in order to achieve cross-sales to the customer, they needed to continue arrangements with the public health system, and to improve the clinic’s reputation. The clinic’s new management committee then got together to draw up a strategic control chart. The committee was made up of managers from different departments who did not totally agree on what the clinic’s strategy should be and who all had different concerns. The managing physician emphasized that although the company was seeking profitability and economic results, they could not spare measures or restrict the use of resources. They needed to avoid giving precedence to profitability above patient health. The head of sales and public relations also mentioned that excellent service is important since word of mouth will get them new customers and positive references could create cross-sales. The nurse mentioned that the employees’ level of satisfaction also needed to be taken into account to achieve a low turnover. Someone else mentioned that they could use referrals from renowned physicians or public figures to gain more customers. When the head of management control brought up reducing costs, the managing physician strongly disagreed and said he would not ask professionals to concern themselves with cross-sales, bed turnover, etc. Izcaray knew that the support of the managing physician was essential. He needed to be sensitive to ideas from all the areas and reorient those that did not fall within the objectives of the company in order to prepare and implement a strategic control chart. The case discussion is centered in the difficulties of balancing profitability with excellent healthcare service.Academic Area:Cost Accounting & Management Control
Galletas Fontaneda and United Biscuits RH1-120-I
This case is about how a small town joined together and fought to keep a biscuit factory open that was deeply rooted in their community. The biscuit factory Fontaneda (United Biscuits) did not just provide jobs for many of the locals in Aguilar de Campoo (Spain), the community also relied on it for things like building a school or bus stop. However, the factory operated at only 30 percent capacity, leading them to announce the transfer of all workers and the closure of the factory in 2002. This led to a crisis with lots of backlash and a major confrontation between the workers, citizens and the multinational, which became a public relations disaster for the company. Politicians and union leaders also stepped in, mobilizing against the closing. The case walks readers through the seven months of negotiations between the parties and describes how the crisis was managed. Eventually, the factory was sold to Siro, excluding the brand, and workers were given options to move to another United Biscuits plant, to retire early or to work under Siro. Although there were tough moments during the negotiation process, this was seen as a victory by the union headquarters, and during 2002 and 2003, United Biscuits strongly exceeded its financial performance.Academic Area:Human Resources | Negotiation