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This assignment is a case study. You will be presented with information regarding a company facing a situation that requires at least one decision to be made. Using the case details, the course material and your additional research, write a short paper that briefly identifies the issues and proposes a solution that includes the justification for your choice. This case is titled, Tom Bray . (It can be found further on in this document). Read the Blue Sky Project (It can be found further on in this document). Create a paper responding to the following questions: Critique Tom’s preparation and first encounter with the team. What was successful and what was unsuccessful? Provide suggestions for how Tom can improve relationships with this new team. Using your suggestions for Tom to improve his relationship with his team, describe a new interaction in which Tom uses your suggestion, and identify how the team members react. If you were training a new project manager to take over a project like the one Tom Bray is in charge of in the case, what would you tell your employee? Why? Write a 3 page paper in Word format. Use the American Psychological Association (APA) style (6th edition) for writing your assignment. Keep the following in mind as you write your paper: • Check spelling and grammar • Do not use the first person (I, we, us, etc.) as it is not scholarly; use the third person instead • Use in-text citations to credit the ideas used in your paper to the original authors • At least 3 quality references should be used (one may be your textbook) The Blue Sky Project – Case Study Garth Hudson was a 29-year-old graduate of Eastern State University (ESU) with a B.S. degree in management information systems. After graduation he worked for seven years at Bluegrass Systems in Louisville, Kentucky. While at ESU he worked part time for an oceanography professor, Ahmet Green, creating a customized database for a research project he was conducting. Green was recently appointed director of Eastern Oceanography Institute (EOI), and Hudson was confident that this prior experience was instrumental in his getting the job as information services (IS) director at the Institute. Although he took a significant pay cut, he jumped at the opportunity to return to his alma mater. His job at Bluegrass Systems had been very demanding. The long hours and extensive traveling had created tension in his marriage. He was looking forward to a normal job with reasonable hours. Besides, Jenna, his wife, would be busy pursuing her MBA at Eastern State University. While at Bluegrass, Hudson worked on a
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wide range of IS projects. He was confident that he had the requisite technical expertise to excel at his new job. Eastern Oceanography Institute was an independently funded research facility aligned with Eastern State University. Approximately 50 full- and part-time staff worked at the Institute. They worked on research grants funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United Nations (UN), as well as research financed by private industry. There were typically 7 to 9 major
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