CaseStudy6_MA - 1 Rotating Leaders Orpheus Orchestra A Case Study Florida Institute of Technology 2 Summary This case study was an in-depth look at the

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1 Rotating Leaders: Orpheus Orchestra A Case Study Florida Institute of Technology
2 Summary: This case study was an in-depth look at the Orpheus Orchestra and their radical approach of successfully using a self-governing process of leadership. In an effort to give students a firsthand glimpse at using collaboration and consensus-building to settle creative differences, Orpheus found its home in Baruch High School and Zicklin School of Business since 1999 (Ivancevich et al, 2014). Here high school students allowed it to be a real-world lesson on conflict resolution, while the business students learned about effective models of self-governance by having all levels of an organization contributing input. While the group was full of talented musicians, this was not the only reason they were getting noticed. Because of their leadership style and organization, Orpheus was becoming a metaphor for structural change, so much so that the founder, Julien Fifer, was approached by a chairman of a large Japanese publishing company saying that he enjoyed the show, but didn’t want his employees to discover them (Ivancevich). This intrigued Fifer, for he knew that what one company may fear, another may find compelling. The key to the orchestra’s continued success that applies to the board room as well as it does the music room, is a set of insights about motivation, decision making, performance, and work.

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