Saturday, January 8, 2011

Case Study

Poppa Pill, the original owner of Drugs Unlimited, has been running his generic drug manufacturing operation since he started it in 1989. His most successful pharmaceutical is what he calls the "life extender" which has been a very popular over-the-counter product for decades. Poppa knows he's getting on up in years, so he's planning to develop a new subsidiary called Head Cases. He wants to get it up and running smoothly before his anticipated retirement in the year 2000. Since he won't have time to run both companies and still play squash four times a week, he's decided he'll have to find someone to take over the leadership of Drugs Unlimited. Before his wife died in 1930, she was managing the operations. However, because of her dictatorial management style, turnover was always a problem. Since then Poppa has seen sixteen VPs of operations come and go.
He believes that the mor
Your contract with Drugs Unlimited, Inc. specifies that you will:
1. Decide on what leadership approach(s) to implement.
2. Develop a plan to train managers.
e successful ones seem to be "people friendly" types, and notes that many seem to become more care-free and outgoing once they learn a lot about the company products. The workers seemed to always be happy and motivated, especially those working on the production lines. However, since the FDA came in four years ago and tightened up specifications and record keeping, the workers are starting to act like those found in most companies. Some say they want no supervision, others want to know exactly what it is they are supposed to do, and a couple insist on being managers themselves. Poppa has retained you, an expert HR consultant, to help him establish effective leadership for the organization. Therefore, he has contracted you at $1500 a day, to develop a leadership development plan for identifying and training managers who can successfully lead the company into the next century.