MBA 633 Case 2

MBA 633 Case 2 - 633 Case 2 Description Bob Knowlton is a...

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633 Case 2 Description Bob Knowlton is a project head at Simmons Laboratory, where research is performed under the supervision of Dr. Jerrold. A new employee – Fester – joins Knowlton’s team with enthusiasm, insight and what appears to be the ability and the desire to take over Knowlton’s position. Bob is apprehensive about his future because of this, but never shares his feelings with Dr. Jerrold. After an unknown period of time, Bob suddenly resigns his position citing family issues, which stuns Dr. Jerrold. Diagnosis Bob Knowlton’s underlying problem is that he did not communicate openly and honestly with his subordinates or his supervisor about their roles and responsibilities. When the new employee – Fester – arrived with enthusiasm, new ideas, and a level of expertise that Knowlton was not accustomed to seeing in his subordinates, it made him feel uncomfortable as a supervisor. Fester also established a rapport with Dr. Jerrold and the other employees beyond what Knowlton believed he had established. Knowlton could have communicated with Dr. Jerrold about his perception of Fester overstepping his
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