Ohlson Pumps Canada: Abstract
This two-part case discusses the capacity of the new leader of the Canadian subsidiary of Scandinavian manufacturer Ohlson Pumpen to perform an accurate strategic assessment upon taking up his new position, while at the same time coping with the different facets of taking the helm of the subsidiary of a foreign-run company. The constant challenge is to manage business priorities and extinguish daily fires in a dysfunctional organization, while keeping an eye on the future to ensure the subsidiary’s sustainability.
In concrete terms, this case illustrates the importance of strategic analysis and identifying key stakeholders, the role of a general manager and the leadership shown during times of crisis and upon moving into a new position, the operational and strategic challenges of a small organization, the influence of the personality and values of the leader and the parent company on the development of the strategic plan, the strategic importance of the human resources function and, finally, the management of change when implementing strategy.
- Part A
- Part B (only available with a Teaching license purchase)
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