Professional Essays Writer Engstrom Auto Mirror Plant: Motivating in Good Times and Bad

Michael Beer, Elizabeth Collins

Organizational Development

When students have the English-language PDF of this Brief Case in a coursepack, they will also have the option to purchase an audio version.In May 2007, the Engstrom Auto Mirrors plant, a relatively small supplier based in Indiana, faces a crisis. The business was in the second year of a downturn. Sales had started to decline in 2005; a year later, plant manager Ron Bent had been forced to lay off more than 20 percent of the work force. Plant productivity was dropping, employee morale was low, and product-quality issues had begun to surface. Relationships with key customers were at risk. Downturns were not new at Engstrom. When the plant had reached a similar crisis point years earlier, the institution of a Scanlon Plan, a company-wide employee incentive program, had proven critical in building morale, increasing productivity and product quality, and leading Engstrom into a turnaround. For several subsequent years, Engstrom workers had received regular Scanlon pay bonuses. But the bonuses had stopped in 2006, and now Ron Bent must determine how to get the plant back on track. Should he revise the Scanlon setup? Remove Scanlon and try another plan? Identify and change other organizational factors that may be sabotaging Scanlon?

Human resource management , Labor, Leadership, Manufacturing, Motivating people, Organizational culture

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Professional Essays Writer Honda (A)

Evelyn T. Christiansen, Richard Tanner Pascale

Strategy & Execution

Describes the history of Honda Motor Company from its beginning through its entry into and subsequent dominance of the U.S. market. The history is explained primarily in terms of strategic factors and quoted from two sources: an earlier case and Boston Consulting Group report on the motorcycle industry. Should be used with Honda (B).

Competition, Competitive strategy, Corporate governance, Manufacturing

Professional Essays Writer Toyota Motor Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc.

Kazuhiro Mishina

Technology & Operations

On May 1, 1992, Doug Friesen, manager of assembly for Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky, plant, faces a problem with the seats installed in the plant’s sole product–Camrys. A growing number of cars are sitting off-line with defective seats or are missing them entirely. This situation is one of several causes of recent overtime, yet neither the reason for the problem nor a solution is readily apparent. As the plant is an exemplar of Toyota’s famed production system (TPS), Friesen is determined that, if possible, the situation will be resolved using TPS principles and tools. Students are asked to suggest what action(s) Friesen should take and to analyze whether Georgetown’s current handling of the seat problem fits within the TPS philosophy.

Manufacturing, Product development