Other problems include the company having a lackadaisical business strategy, internal conflicts among upper management, an information technology department that has not been well run and is frequently criticized by peer executives, and a lack of integrated business objectives that do not align with information technology objectives, the inability to prioritize projects due to unclear business objectives. This has resulted in project failure, a bad company reputation, loss of market share, and stock price tumbling. Carlisle believes that IZL Corporation is salvageable, but needs to upper management to do this. In this paper, the problem, recommended and alternative solutions, as well as implementation strategies are discussed. Key Issues The key issues for Jack Carlisle, according to Robert Austin, are recorded in the informally published manuscript, Jack Carlisle, CIO.
A. How to improve current workflow in the plant. In order to improve the workflow in the plant, Shuzworld will have to improve the layout of their facility in order to create their product in a cost efficient and productive manner. This will enable Shuzworld to increase productivity, while ensuring the quality that consumers have grown to be accustomed to. Shuzworld will be able to accomplish this by equalizing the task times at the company’s work stations in order to ensure that employee time is maximized to its full potential.
Just as physical products are open to innovation and change, so are new services. An example of this type of innovation is Frederick Smith who is the American entrepreneur responsible for the multi-million dollar international company, Federal Express. He created a new and better way of moving packages between people. New services, like physical products can also have positive movement due to branding. It is beneficial for entrepreneurs to think more along the lines of all product and service aspects instead of in silos and just thinking about producing “products” alone or “services.” That concept is imperative for entrepreneurs to understand as customer service can be added as an additional component as well to a physical product.
b) Explain why you should respond positively to changes in products or services. It is important to respond positively to changes in products or services because it is likely it will increase your business turnover. A company will want to review its services and products so that it keeps up to date with the expectations of its customers. This will ensure the company can stay competitive and meet its targets and objectives. c) Identify ways of responding positively to
These overall improvements have been a step in the right direction for Lowes’ future. These improvements however do cost money but like every good business man or woman knows to make money you sometimes have to spend it. So this can affect Lowes financial planning in the present and future, currently sales and profits have grown because of the new mobile devices therefore the risk factors are minimized due to the knowledge that these improvements are working but Lowes must continue to analyze the cost for these new improvements every year make sure these things do not become a financial burden. Therefore cost analysis is one factor that can affect the financial planning of the company also minimizing the use of these devices to only the stores is another factor that needs to be considered in the financial planning process. Spending money on training of these devices are also factors that must be considered this takes employees time and cost the company man hours and thus money that could be spent on other things.
I think refining is the most appropriate response in this scenario. The vision and mission have already been established for Listo sytsem. However, the lack of employee training due to the rapid growth of the company and high turnover rate has resulted in low production and poor quality. Refining the company by using the ACHIEVE model to motivate employees is one of the theories that can be used to help the Vision to Performance. Managers need to know what motivates people in their organization.
Case Questions: 1. How do information systems projects get started in organizations? Information System projects start with a request which describes problems or desired changes in an information system or a business process. The request might propose enhancements for an existing system, the correction of problems, the replacement of an older system, or the development of an entirely new information system that is needed to support a company’s current and future business needs. In the Petrie Electronics a request from the executive team has decided that the number one priority is to not only survive but to thrive and prosper by developing closer relationships with their customers.
Tania I Cruz Case Analysis 1 Rick’s New Job 1. Why do you think Rick was let go? How does reinforcement theory apply to this situation? Rick was let go because he failed to behave according to the organization’s culture. He also failed to communicate effectively his plans to his boss and his co workers.
It had been running this way forever”(Case study page 3 para.3). I think this is shifting responsibility, and this kind of working environment is not good for a company. 2. What organizational changes that the company should have been made (but failed to do) before and during the project to ensure the success of the Access+ project? In my opinion the organizational changes should be as follow: 1.
Gary was pushed into forging data by his boss and then himself forged data to save his nose in order to meet the technical scope of the project. He lost track of the project’s progress because he had hard time balancing his administrative duties and his technical duties. Due to his lack of communication with his team, Gary wasted time and money in order to meet the milestones. He also could have negotiated a more beneficial contract. Gary had communication, administrative, human resource and leadership problems that, in the end, cost him his position as a project manager.