IMT Nagpur PGDM 2009-2011 Organizational Behavior-II Group Case Analysis-4

Thomas Green: Power, Office Politics, and a Career in Crisis

Submitted by: Rachit Singhal Nitin Sharma Pranav Chawla Rahul Reddy G Kunal Jain Madhavi Sadiza Prashant Sharma Priyanka Talwar Section: C Group No: 2 2009140 2009147 2009151 2009158 2009161 2009162 2009187 2009189

Highly individualistic nature of both Green and Davis. Current scenario /Problem y The main problem is that Davis and Green both believe that they have the power to perform their job better than the other.Introduction This is a case about Thomas Green. But now due to web check-in facility is kiosk is facing a danger of lacking behind. dynamics of the power and importance of communication within an organization. shortened passenger wait times. a 28 year guy. The conflict between the two now had reached its limit affecting the enthusiasm of Thomas Green and can result in termination of Green. This case throws light on role of politics. and provided valuable information to these travelers. Company¶s Background Dynamic Displays was founded in 1990 as a provider of self-service options to banks via Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). y y Davis¶ want of maintaining the power distance was also one of the problems. y Lack of proactive action taken by McDonald as she never the mail regarding Green¶s performance seriously. who was recruited in Dynamic Displays as an account executive got promoted to senior marketing specialist within few months was finding difficulty in adjusting with immediate boss Frank Davis. Dynamic Displays launched a new division at the Travel and Hospitality Industry. These kiosks not only reduced costs but also improved customer service. . and developed their first self-service check-in kiosk for Discover Airlines. In 1994.

and the fact that he cajoled her into promoting him. the boss got vexed with his lack of documented numbers and updating his scheduler properly. y Inability to blend in the organization and not listen to his immediate boss: Green was reluctant to listen to his boss. . about how to improve his work. It can be assumed that if she would have taken enough interest in giving Green some important suggestions. Davis might have asked for an experienced person to take the position. Thomas Green y Radical thoughts and style: Thomas Green is a young and dynamic graduate from University of Georgia in Bachelor¶s degree in Economics and has a six year work experience as account executive.Role of Key Players Shannon McDonald y Inconspicuous promotion of Green: Green¶s (having less age than others plus only few months of job with the organization) promotion was not clear. Although Shannon took a chance in promoting Green. things might have been different. As a result. which probably caused him to use Shannon to further his goals rather than looking after the interest of the organization. y Personal relationship is a source of conflict: The personal relationship between Shannon and Green is also cause of concern as it already caused Shannon to err in her judgment. y Lack of showing interest on feedback of a guy whom she hired: Though we see that Shannon promoted Green. He is relatively still not that experienced and he is very power hungry. she was not concerned enough to carefully read through the performance review given by Davis and taking some proactive action. Just because Green and Shannon were in the same college alumni and from the same state (Georgia). Davis and hence was unable to mould himself to the needs of the organization.

y Office politics was also evident from the fact that. Davis could not choose whom to hire but was forced upon by Shannon. the email sent by Davis regarding Green¶s performance sent on January 30 to Shannon. y Positional power also has influence in his actions: Frank Davis thinks that Green is not capable enough to handle the responsibilities nor is he experienced. tried to aggressively campaign for the post. Green challenges his position on the growth rate forecasts for following year calling them unrealistic and unattainable.y There is very little visibility of Greens work in the organization which also accounts for his lack of alias in the organization and his low-influence. Therefore he sends a long negatively biased report against Green to Shannon in an effort to remove him and get some one more able. Office Politics y Green when became aware of a position for a senior market specialist. This goes to show that despite Green having to work under Davis. though not sent to Green directly reached him by interoffice mail. since he knew that Shannon held a powerful and influential position in the company. that of the VP. Frank Davis y His long career makes him feel better than Thomas Green: In the initial meeting (Green¶s first meeting). Davis feels that Green is too inexperienced to justify to him how he got to the 10% growth projection. Green himself feels that he had not paid much attention to office politics and it was then that he realized that he should have taken advantage of Macdonald¶s position . y Towards the end.

She can encourage Green to ask Davis for managerial advice and try to convince Davis to help him. . y Green shouldn¶t change the job (too much loan) and try to change his style of working and try to develop skills which he lacked (pointed out by Davis and others) which not only helped him in his growth within the organization but also will add to organization the company by being more interactive with her. Learning¶s from the case y This case portrays office politics and if not treated properly can create problems in an organization. y Green can be given adequate training so that he can understand the necessary managerial skills that are needed for the position he is in and he should also be educated about employing correct office politics. She can separately talk to both and try to convey the point of views of Green and Davis to each other in order to create win-win situation and aligning their individual goals with the organization goals. y Davis should clearly lay down the organizational goals and rules and should use his position of power to influence Green to abide by them. y McDonald can act as an intermediary between Davis and Green. Possible Solutions / Recommendation y McDonald can remove Green from the current position of Senior Market Specialist and put him at the new position where his Sales skills can best utilized in interest of organization. so that she would take his side once the matter of his firing comes up.

y y This case gives insight how power distance in an organization can cause problems. . This case illustrates the importance of proper communication between the different members of organization. y This case is also proves that point that if proactive action is not taken by leader then it can result in bigger issues.

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