This case takes a “horizontal” slice through a number of coexistent
issues As a result, the challenge is “knowing where to start” – just as
it is in real organizations – and this requires detective work. Patton
takes a page out of the Donald Trump repertoire with his dramatic
“you’re fired!” Note:
The key point in posing these questions is to help set the scene for
Patton’s next steps. The questions listed below are for you to ponder,
as you are reading the case. It is not necessary for you to submit
answers to the questions. They are strictly for you to see the relevance
and the logic to these questions, as you read the case. Here are some
questions to ponder,as you reflect upon the case…
What do you think about Patton’s firing of the DIOs?
There are two parts to this discussion that need to be
explored.First, was there no possible way of getting the DIOs onside?
Second, was it appropriate to fire the DIOs publically as opposed to
Also, examine the DIO firings from the point of view of the four
divisional presidents.See organization chart (see attached Appendix B)
which shows Patton’s office and the DIOs in green to highlight these
Do you think the DIOs have a dotted line relationship with their
divisional presidents and a dotted line to Patton; or is it the other
How do you think the divisional Presidents will feel about Patton’s firings?
Would they feel as if Patton just fired “their” employee? It doesn’t
appear that they were made aware of these impending firings by Patton.
How would they feel about that?
Discussion Question: Answer the five(5) discussion questions listed below (can also be found at the end of case study in book)
List the advantages of a single customer service center for RR Communications.There are six of them.
Devise an implementation strategy that would guarantee the support
of the divisional presidents for the shared customer service center.
Is it possible to achieve an enterprise vision with a decentralized IT function?
What business and IT problems can be caused by lack of common information and an enterprise IM strategy?
What governance mechanisms need to be put in place to ensure common
customer data and a shared customer service center? What metrics might
All answers to the questions should be well written and well thought
out. Please submit the aforementioned assignment as ONE document.To
help keep the various reporting and relationship roles straight, I have
attached the organization chart.
Basic Formatting Guidelines
Double space the entire document (title page to reference page)
One inch margins
Size 12 font
Title Page: Running head/p#; title; course; date; your name
Reference Page: APA
Please refer to the Case Study Rubric that is attached for grading expectations.
To submit the assignment, simply CLICK the active link at the very top entitled Building Shared Services at RR Communications Case Study. Attach the WORD document and submit.Appendix B
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