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published: 01 Oct 1991

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

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Abstract:
Describes events leading up to and following the divestiture of Bell telephone companies on January 1, 1984. Discusses changes in the image of AT&T as viewed by the environment, the company and its members.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To demonstrate the problems involved in changing corporate culture and to question the fit between corporate culture and strategy and its link to company performance.

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published: 01 Jan 1991

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations

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Describes a firm in the vocational training business, which faces declining profits and problems related to the succession. One of the constraints on growth has been a misogynous attitude that has affected the HRM policies in the firm.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case gives the opportunity to better understand the interface between personality, leadership style and corporate culture. It provides insight into the psychodynamic problems of family firms. It illustrates how specific problems derived from childhood are repeated in an organisational setting.

Keywords:
Human, Resources, Management

published: 01 Jan 1991

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

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Abstract:
In October 1988, members of the Board and CEOs of Roussel-Uclaf (one of the French leaders of the pharmaceutical industry) had to decide whether or not to put on the market RU486, a pill that provokes abortion without use of surgical methods. Case (A) highlights the issues they had to consider: potential internal problems (including the risk of conflict with employees and executives who oppose the participation of the company in anything related to abortion); a possible deterioration of the relationship between Roussel-Uclaf and its parent company Hoechst (from Germany), which opposes the product; and intense public pressure accompanied by a threat of a boycott that could produce important economic losses.

Keywords:
Healthcare

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published: 01 Jan 1991

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

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Abstract:
Case (B) describes subsequent events: Roussel-Uclaf decides to suspend distribution of the product. However, two days after the firm makes its decision public, the French Government intervenes and mandates the firm to reverse its decision.

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published: 01 Jan 1991

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

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Abstract:
Case (C) describes the French experience with RU486 and the possibilities of making the product available worldwide and emphasises the problems that would arise should it be marketed in the United States, where abortion is a politically sensitive issue, and in the Third World, where the lack of medical facilities would pose a serious risk of the product being misused.

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published: 01 Jan 1990

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
Portrays a husband and wife who are both faced with new career challenges that amount to a conflict of interest. Problems between parents and children add to the complications.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To deal with the vicissitudes of the dual career family To explore the balance between career and private life and the effects of the different life stages

published: 01 Jan 1989

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Pen industry
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
A review of the life of Francine Gomez, until recently the CEO of Waterman, an upmarket French pen company. She is probably one of France’s best-known business person. Ms Gomez reflects on her personal and public life and appraises the kind of choices she has made. Given the acquisition of Waterman by Gillette, the theme of culture compatibility is also discussed.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To reconstruct the life of Francine Gomez and discover what made her the person she is today To question trade-offs between private and public life To discuss the role of women in business

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: 01 Jan 1988

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations

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Abstract:
Deals with bribery through the description of a number of incidents a young manager experiences when he first goes to work in North Africa.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To think through how ethical decisions are made, both at a personal and at a company level.

published: 01 Jan 1987

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

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Abstract:
The case describes the failed takeover attempt of CBS by Ted Turner incorporating media language used to describe the events. The case can be taught on its own or as part of a series on takeover attempts comprising "Carlo De Benedetti and Société Générale de Belgique: David and Goliath" and "T. Boone Pickens and the Oil Patch".

Pedagogical Objectives:
To explore

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