MGMT 591 Week 7 DQ 2 Empowering Teams
Empowering Teams: Fact Versus Fiction
Over the last three weeks we have focused very much on leadership, power, organizational culture, and organizational change. Our case study for the week is a great synthesis piece that addresses all of these topics through a detailed study of firm’s attempted move to team-based management.
The article is “Diagnosing Whether an Organization Is Truly Ready to Empower Work Teams: A Case Study”. By: Bergmann, Thomas J.; De Meuse, Kenneth P., Human Resource Planning, 1996, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p38-47.
The instructions for accessing the article via EBSCO are in DocShare.
As you read through the report, pay close attention to the discussion about Harley-Davidson and Shelby Die Casting, and their eventual conclusions about how to manage resistance to change. Also, keep in mind our OCI material from Week 6 and think about the process from a cultural change perspective. And of course, pay close attention to the lessons for top management presented at the end.
A few opening topics for this week’s discussion:
1. Assess the process from the model for planned change presented beginning on page 353 in the text.
a. What did the company do right?
b. What more might have been done to prepare for the change?
2. What are your thoughts on Harley-Davidson’s resolution for resistance to change?
a. Do you support the conclusions of the management team? Why or why not?
3. Share with the class what you found most interesting about the article and why.
a. Compare and contrast the case study’s findings with our discussions and the information from our text.
As always, but particularly given the synthesis nature of our discussion this week, be certain to read, consider, respond and probe your classmates’ thoughts and ideas. This is a great opportunity for us all to weave...