Conflict Scenario #1

Conflict Scenario #1 - a scapegoat due to a mix of racial...

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Terrance McKnight ORLJ 5340 The author was the second lowest-ranking employee on a project team of financial analysts; he chose to defer to the other second-year professional on this project, as his peer had worked on the client previously. Anger appeared in this particular workplace due to the author feeling as if he was unjustly treated. While other employees were permitted to take personal time off, the author’s request to go to the inauguration of President Obama was denied. The reason for denial given was that an important deadline was approaching; however, the author later found out that he could have performed the work required remotely. The author and his supervisor were both too focused on his respective needs to realize that both sets of needs could have been met by simply having the author take his work computer with him to Washington, D.C. Compounding this issue was the penchant of the author’s direct supervisor to fulfill the role of what would be considered a “scapegoat-creator” or “instigator”; the author was chosen as
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Unformatted text preview: a scapegoat, due to a mix of racial and productivity factors. The author, the only racial minority on the team, did not proactively seek to inquire of his role; he placed himself in a hybrid role between that of the first-year professional and his second-year peer. This self-proscribed role led to tasks not being completed to the liking of management, who compared the author’s work to that of his peer, despite their differing tenure with the client. In defense of the author, the work was distributed unevenly amongst group members. For example, the author was unable to watch the SuperBowl with friends and/or family due to a massive workload that was due the following day. The author was unable to finish the work by the proscribed deadline; the rest of the team had to assist. This event came to be the catalyst of the scapegoating process for the author. This event eventually led to the dismissal of the author from the project, which resulted in his voluntary separation from the firm....
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2011 for the course ORL 1000 taught by Professor Buontempo during the Spring '11 term at Columbia.

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