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Kerzner Office Equipment Research

Kerzner Office Equipment Research
Learning Team-A
Strategic Implementation and Alignment MBA/590
University of Phoenix

Introduction- Meena Sundararaman
Key Course Concepts

The two concepts identified with the La-Z-Boy and the Mattson Corporation benchmarking are creating an effective shared vision and the two stages of the Team Development model, forming and storming.  

    The two concepts identified with the companies I chose are:  Leading by Example and Recruiting Members.  A highly visible, interactive management style is not only essential to building and sustaining cooperative relationships, it also allows project managers to utilize their most powerful leadership tool – their own behavior (Gray & Larson, 2006). Both Baptist Health and ACUITY demonstrate Leading by Example as well as Recruiting Members to look for individuals with the necessary experience and knowledge/technical skills critical for project completion (Gray & Larson, 2006).
    Management by wandering around (MBWA) is crucial factor in building social network. The Hewlett Packard CEO, Mark Hurd, encourages their manager to spend more time in face-to-face interaction with employees. The face-to-face interaction makes the manager to be able to stay in touch with employees and motivates them to build a cooperative relationship. (Gray & Larson, 2005. ch.10, p.321)The reason for increase in employee morale at Hewlett Packard is mainly due to the managers close interaction with the employees. The MBWA establish a clear communication flow throughout the organizational structure. The Southwest Airlines is well-known for its relationship with emp ...
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Avon Case Study

Executive Summary : Avon Products, Inc. (Avon) is based in New York. The firm engages in the manufacture and marketing of beauty and complimentary products primarily in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific (Yahoo Finance, 2005). Avon's products are classified into three product categories: Beauty, Beauty Plus, and Beyond Beauty. The Beauty category consists of cosmetics, fragrances, skin care, and toiletries; Beauty Plus includes fashion jewelry, watches, apparel, and accessories; and Beyond Beauty comprises home products, gift and decorative products, candles, and toys (Ibid). The company sells and markets its products through a combination of direct selling, marketing by independent Avon representatives, and via its consumer Web site,
This paper will explore how the company is fairing under the leadership of its current CEO, Andrea Jung. There are two opposing views regarding the company's current and future success. One group feels that the firm has a promising future with Jung at the helm while the other group does not. This paper will analyze the pros and cons uncovered by each team member and discuss which view prevailed in the debate and why.
Pros of Jung and Avon : Andrea Jung became president and CEO of Avon in 1999 and has totally revamped the company. Under her leadership, the company has updated its product line, launched new advertising, and created a new image (Fact Monster, 2005). Avon's sales have increased by 30 %, profits 40%, and the stock price has dramatically improved (Ibid). Jung's has been able to align the firm's core capabilities with its strategic targets which has lead to phenomenal results. It appears that Jung has been able to establish a clear vision for the firm that has been inc ...

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