Discussion Board 4 – Replies (2) BMAL 504

***Please cite the course textbook in your reply and list it in the reference.

Course textbook:

Jick, T. D., & Peiperl, M. A. (2011). Managing change: Cases and concepts (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Irwin/McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9780073102740.

Topic: In the case “Dennis Hightower: Walt Disney’s Transitional Manager,” you are introduced to how Hightower knit together a federation of independent country operations and created an effective center linking local subsidiaries to the center. As noted in the case, the process was extremely complex and placed immense demands on Hightower. Specifically, it required him to demonstrate intensive management of relationships, appropriate position of people, careful delegation of responsibility, and active nurturing of a healthy work environment. Reflect on the overall change in company culture, and respond to the following prompts as you prepare your thread:

  • Evaluate the pacing and sequencing of Hightower’s actions from 1988 to 1994.
  • How would you evaluate Hightower’s approach to bringing about change in his organization? Compare his approach with that of Jack Welch.
  • What should Hightower do about the apparel business?
  • What are some of the challenges of building a transnational organization?

***Reply Instructions:

There is 1 reply each to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply expounds on the thread, providing a substantive response that enhances the discussion. Each reply contains at least 1 citation from a peer-reviewed journal and 1 from the textbook. Major points are supported by the following:

  • Reading & Study materials;
  • Pertinent, conceptual, or personal examples;
  • Thoughtful analysis (considering assumptions, analyzing implications, and comparing/contrasting concepts); and

Citations in current APA format.

The required word count (at least 250 words each) for at least 2 replies is met.

Course textbook:

Jick, T. D., & Peiperl, M. A. (2011). Managing change: Cases and concepts (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Irwin/McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9780073102740.

 
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