John, President of Plastic Packaging (a small bottle manufacturing company located in
western Massachusetts), has decided that downsizing is the solution to the recent
financial struggles that the company is experiencing as a result of a decrease in
customer demand. Last Friday afternoon, John sent a mass e-mail to all of the
employees at the facility to explain some of the disappointing financials and his decision
to use a downsizing strategy to deal with the situation. The 75 employees of Plastic
Packaging start to panic. During the afternoon break, the rumor mill is on overdrive in
the breakroom. People are anxious, confused, surprised, and upset with this executive
decision. Many of them wonder if there are better alternatives to the financial problems
the company has recently experienced and they know that their president could have
handled the situation at hand in a much more effective manner.
Please respond to the following questions in four distinct and labeled sections:
(a) what are some of the main problems and related issues that you see within this scenario/case?
(b) Who are the relevant stakeholders involved in the given situation?
(a) Evaluate the root causes and relevant factors (internal business environment)
contributing to the main problems that you identified? (b) Explain at least two causes
using relevant management and OB concepts.
(3) Alternatives and Recommendations:
What could John have done differently? Generate alternatives
(minimum of 2)
(4) Action Plan:
How should John carry out these alternatives that you
recommended? Use references from books and journal articles to support all of the
sections of your discussion. Cite your references within your discussion and include the
full citations for your references on your
Reference page at the end of your document, following the APA Guidelines that I provided you in Doc Sharing.
Format of the paper: For in-text citations and references follow APA 6th edition.
Number of pages- Approximately 6 pages double space with the exclusion of reference page. This is a minimum number.
Cover the information focusing on decision-making using management and organization behavior concepts. No of references- Minimum FIVE
**NOTE – Use appropriate headings and sub-headings to clearly present the information.