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Motivating High Performers

Are Managers up to it?

Author: Patel, Taran
Product Type: Cases
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Publication Year: 2006

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This case study highlights the complexity of managing high performers. It raises the issue of motivation and suggests that a competent manager needs to understand how different motivational tools are required to motivate different kinds of employees.

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Tempered Radicalism as a Strategy for Change

Authors: Scully, Maureen; CasePlace.org
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2004

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Tempered radicalism is a strategy whereby organizational insiders use their leverage and knowledge of the organization to make just enough change on issues they care about but not so much change that they impair their effectiveness...

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Managing Diversity at Spencer Owens & Co.

Authors: Ely, Robin J.; Vargas, Ingrid
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Spencer Owens & Co, a disguised consulting firm, focuses on domestic and international economic development. As an extension of the firm's commitment to social justice, 20 years ago, Spencer Owens management introduced an affirmative action hiring and promotion program...

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Adam Baxter Co./Local 190 Contract Negotiation

Authors: Medvec, Victoria; McGinn, Kathleen L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1996

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This case helps students to develop an understanding of the complexities of management/labor relations; to develop negotiation skills in ongoing team negotiations over time.

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Ford Mexico: Bridging the Learning Divide

Authors: Garcia, P; Maguire Lewis, M; Bradberry, R
Product Type: Cases
Source: CIBER Case Collection
Publication Year: 2006

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This case explores the changes that Ford made to its Mexican assembly operations from the early 1990s to the present. The case compares the different production systems, productivity and learning transfer at two Ford plants, located in different parts of Mexico.

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The Poletown Dilemma

Author: Nichols III, Charles A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1989

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Senior management of General Motors must select a site for a new assembly plant to replace two plants located in Detroit. The economics strongly favor a site in an adjacent state. However, a relocation would have substantial, negative impacts...

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Establishing an "ECL" Culture in China: Organizational Difference or National Difference?

Authors: Wong, Gilbert; Chan, Scarlet; Ho, Mary
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2001

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This case helps students to study how to manage cultural differences and establish a strong organizational culture in a socialist economy.

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Ina Food Industry: A New Management Philosophy for Japanese Businesses

Author: Misawa, M
Product Type: Cases
Source: Asia Case Research Centre
Publication Year: 2006

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This case discusses the business strategy of a highly successful company whose president tries to keep the company focused on long term growth, rather than short term revenue potential due to the sudden and increasing popularity of the product.

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Virginia Mason Medical Center

Authors: Bohmer, Richard M.J.; Ferlins, Erika M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2008

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In 2000, Dr. Gary Kaplan became CEO of the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. The hospital was facing significant challenges: It was losing money for the first time in its history, staff morale had plummeted, and area hospitals presented ardent competition. Considerable change was imminent...

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McKay Nursery Company (A, B)

Authors: Meyer, Kathleen A.; Pochop, Laura; Weiss, Stephanie
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Business Enterprise Trust
Publication Year: 1996

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McKay Nursery Co., founded in 1897 in Waterloo, WI, had a longstanding history of commitment to employees. The close-knit organization was a pioneer in the agricultural industry of several employee-friendly policies. But in the early 1980s, as McKay's owners grew older and senior management neared retirement, the next generation of managers feared for the future of the profitable, debt-free company...

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