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The Managers Dilemma We are in the beer business.

When our chief chemist died last year, we pirated the chief chemist of our competitor who has an almost similar beer. When he moved over to our company, he offered me the secret beer formula of our competitor. I turned the offer down as I felt it would be unethical to use it. In the meantime, we have done extensive research ourselves and have developed a new kind, a beer which is of great potential in the market. Naturally, our chief chemist knows its formula.

Lately, our chief chemist has brought as a lot of problems. He has become a source of discontent in our laboratory. He has become an autocrat who loves to humiliate his subordinate in public. As a result of his nasty behaviour, four of our very competent chemists, who have been with us for year, have resigned. I tried correcting him thrice, but to no avail. His character flaw is so ingrained that there is no possibility to change it. I thought of firing him, but I know if I do, he will go to our competitor and sell them our valuable beer formula.

Point of View: Management

Time Context: Present Time

Statement of the Problem:

A nasty behaviour of chief chemist that brought out problems and discontent to the laboratory in one of the beer business

Statement of the Objective:

To be able to solve the problems and bring back the harmony of the worker in the laboratory

Areas of Consideration

Strengths
That the management is the overall in-

authority That the management pirated the chief chemist of their competitor That the management turned down the offered formula by the chief chemist as they felt it is unethical

Strengths
That the management tried thrice in

correcting the nasty chief chemist That the management has the capacity of firing the nasty chief chemist

Weaknesses
That the management knows that if they

do firing the nasty chief chemist, the chief chemist will sell their beer formula to their competitor

Opportunity
That they are in beer business That the management done an extensive

research That the management developed a new kind, a beer which is of great potential in the market

Threats
That their original chief chemist died last

year That the pirated chief chemist knows the formula That the pirated chief chemist brought a lot of problem to the management That the pirated chief chemist become a source of discontent in the laboratory

Threats
That the pirated chief chemist become an

autocrat and loves to humiliate his subordinate in public That four of the managements competent chemist, who have been in the company for a years, have resigned

Assumptions

A. That the management will solve the

problem of the company regarding the behavior of their chief chemist


B. That the management may bring back

the harmonious relationship of workers in laboratory

Alternative Course of Action

Alternative Course of Action - I Select, train and promote 1 of the other chemist employee and demote the nasty chief chemist

Advantages
So that others will be given a chance to

become chief chemist So that other employees will be motivated and boost their morale So that employee will develop their trust and loyalty to the company

Disadvantages
If some employees are not qualified for

promotion If other employees are not motivated If other employees doesnt trust and not loyal to their company

Alternative Course of Action - II Hire a new chemist that will be the new chief chemist of the company

Advantages
So that there will be a new and trusted

chief chemist of the company So that the company may introduce a job opportunity to others So that the company may hire a newly and fresh graduate applicant

Disadvantages
It would be unfair to the old chemist

employees If there is no applicant to that company If qualifications of applicants doesnt fit to the position

Final Decision
ACA - I Select, train and promote 1 of the other chemist employee and demote the nasty chief chemist

Plan of Activities

Activities
Gather all 201 files and set candidates in selected chemist employee

Objectives
To be able to identify potential chemist employee to be trained

Persons Time Responsible Frame


-Chief HRD 1 day

Screen and evaluate To be able to select selected candidates for potential chemist trainings employee for training Train and send the To be able to enhance particular chemist knowledge and learn employee, if possible to more from experts some seminars, workshops, and trainings

-Chief HRD

1 day

-Chief HRD -Chosen chemist employee

1 week

Assign the newly To be able to replace the trained chemist nasty chief chemist with employee to the the newly trained one position of chief chemist and demote the nasty one to a regular chemist employee thru issuance of memorandum

-Chief HRD -Newly trained chemist -Nasty Chief Chemist

1 Hour

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