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The Missed Deadline: Whose Problem Is It?

Gillian Stevens, Edwin Portugal
January 1, 2015
North America
Strategy & General Management, Human Resources & Organizational Behavior
4 pages
human behavior, leadership, management style, cross-culture, management
Student Price: 
$4.00 (€3.71)
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This critical incident takes place in the Philippine office of an engineering design consultancy whose parent company is British. The office is managed by expat UK managers and staffed with Filipino engineers. The incident is about a missed deadline that one of the managers has to deal with in the short-term as well as with the longer-term issues that the incident raises. The incident raises issues about culture, management style and personal communication.

Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Analyze the impact of cultural differences between the manager and the workers and the effects on a manager-subordinate relationship.
  2. Evaluate leadership styles appropriate to different situations.
  3. Construct an immediate action plan and a long-term plan that will address the issues raised by the incident.