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Case Studies by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

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published: 29 Nov 2010

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Information Services / Management Consulting
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
The case illustrates how a team leader manages a simple change management project by leveraging the unique skill set she has developed through her childhood experiences growing up in several different countries. Fatima, the protagonist, needs to integrate a mixed group of performers into an already high performing team in a short timespan.

Pedagogical Objectives:
- To illustrate the linkage between personal experience and leadership style- in this case to illustrate how a young leader with extensive global personal experiences can leverage her unique skill set to manage change - To illustrate components of successful change management through a simple management challenge case

Keywords:
Change Management, Team Management, Psychometrics, Global Executive/cosmopolitan, Leveraging Networks, Information Services, Leadership

published: 01 Jan 1991

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Industry: Publishing
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
This case describes the history of one of the best-known family firm dynasties in Scandinavia. It highlights the personalities of the major players and their roles in influencing the strategic direction of the firm.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To help the reader better understand the complex interface between a family and a business system of a company which has successfully managed to survive six generations. The case gives the opportunity to clarify some of the factors, which contribute to the survival of a family firm.

Keywords:
Business Model, Valuation of Ventures, Business Angel Funding, Venture Team Conflicts, Managing Partnership, Business Plan Analysis, New Venture Adaptation

published: 01 Jun 1994

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Industry: War Production
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
The case describes the historical, social and political factors, which led the German people to support the NSDAP and Hitler to power. It presents Speer's role in the process and shows his role as an innovative organisational designer. Answers are sought to the question to what extent Speer's personality contributed to his deepening involvement in Nazi activities or the degree to which he was a victim of circumstances.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To analyse the major themes in a person's intra-psychic world and assess the extent to which these themes determine his later behaviour. The understanding of the psychodynamics of the individual will help us to get a better idea about the psychodynamics of leadership.

published: 25 Jun 2007

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Shipping
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
Please refer to part A for the abstract

Keywords:
Authentizotic Organizations, Corporate Transformation, Dutch Leadership Style, Female Top Executive, Corporate Culture

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published: 01 Dec 1999

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Shipping
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
Alice in Wonderland (A) showed how the new Managing Director of LVV transformed a trucking company from a "fossilized" and "arthritic" minor subsidiary of a Dutch shipping group into a revitalized organization. The case looks at how her own leadership characteristics, as well as Dutch leadership styles, contributed to the development of an authentizotic culture of trust, affiliation, and meaning for employees, and how the financial situation of the company was turned around as a result. Alice in Wonderland (B) case follows Marike van Lier Lels as she takes on the position of COO of Schiphol Airport. Despite her brilliant previous career successes, her tenure there ends acrimoniously. This case series explores leadership in different contexts, and highlights the management of disappointment. NOTE: Alice in Wonderland (A) was a disguised case, but at the time of writing the (B) case, Marike van Lier Lels gave permission to use her real name.

Pedagogical Objectives:
Emma van Nijmegen(Marike van Leir Lels) is a rare example of a female top executive in a typically male dominated industry (Shipping and Transport). The (A) case aims to show how LVV's remarkable turnaround from a loss making company in 1996 to a very profitable market-focused organization was facilitated by van Nijmegen's focus on a change of culture, a change of image and a drive for open communication. The (B) case focuses on the problems that her authentizotic leadership style created within the executive team of Schiphol, and shows how she managed her disappointment when her vision could not be carried out. Teaching objectives include: - provide insight into the dynamics of female leadership and its influence on the corporate culture, - an opportunity to discuss the importance of emotional intelligence in leaders, - discussing the ways in which corporate culture is shaped and changed. - management of disappointment

Keywords:
Authentizotic Organizations, Corporate Transformation, Dutch Leadership Style, Female Top Executive, Corporate Culture

Prizes won:
- Winner of 2005 European Case Awards, Human Resource Management / Organisational Behaviour Category
- 2003 ecch Best-selling Case in Human Resource Management / Organisational Behaviour

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published: 01 Jan 1988

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Automobile
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
Describes the life and career of André Citroën, founder of Citroën, especially the factors which contributed to his rise and fall.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To identify some of the characteristics common to the entrepreneurial type leader To explore the relationship between narcissism and leadership To discern relationships between leadership style, organisational culture, structure and strategy

published: 11 Jan 1992

  • Topic: Family Business
  • Industry: Retail
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
Describes the evolution, expansion and internationalisation of a family-owned company in the area of retail and services. It looks at the role of the family and, particularly, its driving force, Anton Dreesman.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To demonstrate the relationship between personality, leadership style, corporate culture, strategy and structure; to highlight the problems around the succession.

published: 01 Jan 1994

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Navy
  • Region: North America

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Abstract:
This case describes the ninety-nine days during which Captain Arnheiter commanded the Vance, a destroyer escort ship assigned to patrol the South Vietnamese coast during the war in Vietnam. It is an excellent example of how leadership pathology affects subordinates' behaviour and may have extremely dangerous consequences.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case offers an opportunity to study the vicissitudes of leadership. It raises questions about safeguards against people who have reached positions of great power and then abuse that power. In addition, the objective of this case is to recognise specific leadership styles and identify the danger signs.

published: 01 Jan 2007

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Petroleum and Energy
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
This case follows and builds upon the ECCH award-winning 1997 case "British Petroleum, A Study of Transformational Leadership" (INSEAD N° 04/97-4692). This new case briefly reviews Robert Horton and David Simon's leadership styles before moving on to an in-depth look at the John Browne era (1995-2007). The two cases together will provide a historical context to discuss the transformation of BP over the past two decades, and this new case will be useful to analyses of John Browne's vision and strategy, as well as discussions about future direction under new leadership. The case addresses issues of transformation and national and corporate cultures in a transnational organization.

Pedagogical Objectives:
Teaching objectives include: - Addressing the concepts of triggers of change and barriers to change - Exploring the dynamics of the individual and organizational transformation processes - Analyzing the role of the CEO in the transformation process - Emphasizing the importance of a "global mind-set" and cultural relativity in transnational organizations - Discussing the ways in which corporate culture is shaped and changed, and the corporate culture and values of "vanguard" companies like BP.

Keywords:
Corporate Governance, Investors, Stakeholders and Accountability

published: 07 Jan 1997

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Industry: Audiovisual Systems
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
The case contains the description of a major organizational transformation process at the Danish audio-visual company, Bang & Olufsen A/S. It highlights the role of leadership played in the change process. Additional issues concern human resource management practices, the management of innovation and strategic marketing.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The teaching objectives of the case consist of presenting an illustrative example of a successful corporate transformation process, highlighting the role of leadership in creating a change of mind-set.

Keywords:
Organizational Transformation & Change, Leadership, Restructuring, Management of Innovation

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