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RUNNING HEADER: UNIT 1 CASE STUDY 1 Unit 1 Case Study Southwestern College of Professional Studies Introduction Understanding one’s role within an organization is important and crucial to the overall success of a company. As you will see, the primary source of issues within the Midwestern: Contemporary Art Museum stem from the lack of role clarity amongst the leaders in the organization. Once everyone understands their role it is also important that each member understands his or her responsibilities to achieve organizational goals. Part A: Summary It appears the primary source of conflict in this case study is from the lack of knowing who is in charge and making the decisions for the contemporary art museum. There are two people that believe their ideas for the museum are the best, Peter Smith and Keith Schmidt. Peter Smith, the board chairman, wants the art museum to become more of a national prominent museum. Peter’s approach is more conservation in nature with taking little to no risk as all. On the other hand, the executive director Keith Schmidt wanted to make changes and make them
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UNIT 1 CASE STUDY 2 fast. His plans included renting office space and hiring additional workers to increase the size of the exhibits. Peter and Keith are both in positions of power within the Midwestern: Contemporary Art Museum. This leaves them both feeling as though their opinions and plans for the museum are better than the others. Both negotiators suffer from differences in interests, risk tolerance, and time preferences which are three of the four key differences among negotiators according to our assigned reading (Lewicki, Saunders, & Barry, 2015). There needed to be a choice made as to whether to go with Keith’s rapid development plan or go with Peter’s conservative plan. Keith tended to overpower conversations and was slightly intimidating but he obviously felt that his resume showed the success the came from his direction. Both individuals approached board members prior to the voting process to plead his case and build a support team. At the end of the voting process, the board decided to go with Keith’s proposal with the rapid development. Peter ended up leaving the board and never returning.
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