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Management styles can vary between organisations. The case study of Thomas Green provided a view into the use and miss-use of power, and how engaging in office politics can dreadfully affect one’s own career and the organisation.
In this study, Mr Green is a young white-collar with a baccalaureate degree in Economics from the University of Georgia and has a few years of account executive experience under his belt before he was recruited to Dynamic Displays. Green garnered success with his new company within four months, by being promoted from an account executive to a senior market specialist and got himself a seat at the corporate headquarters. He was sought out by the Vice President, Shannon McDonald, who promoted Green partially due to the fact that they graduated from the same college, although he lacked managerial experience, marketing analysis experience and formality in business dealings.
During the first week, McDonald warned Green about potential difficulties, since his promotion was without the knowledge of his supervisor, Frank Davis, the marketing director who expected Green to be able to identify industry trends, evaluate business opportunities and provide sales goals. Davis also values quick responsiveness and good communication with a status update, hence, was aggravated when Green didn’t make use of his Outlook calendar. Additionally, Davis likes to make decisions based on facts, where recommendations and strategies should be justified using hard data, rather than relying on the verbal conversation, in which Green would prefer because he was not interested in the detailed planning. The fact that Green publicly questioned Davis’ forecasts, made him even more unlikeable. Consequently, Davis used his power to lure Green into situations where he will be considered for termination. It is clear that Davis is unsettled about his new replacement and feels that Green is too inexperienced.
Several observations were made as to how Dynamic Display could attempt solving these problems.