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Thomas Greene Case Essay

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In a case study of office politics, Thomas Green of Dynamic Displays finds himself engrossed in drama as he struggles to meet the expectations of a boss whose power was superseded in his hiring.  Green’s boss Frank Davis would have normally hired for Green’s position; Davis’ boss McDonald had hired Green instead.  Although the case study advises the reader that McDonald warned Green that he would be in a “sticky situation” her intentions in putting him in the situation are ambiguous leaving the reader to make their own assumptions (Sasser & Beckham, 2008, p. 3).  At best the reader can assume that McDonald’s ...view middle of the document...

It would appear that the individual agenda of Green was to build and promote a new service that he was developing to impress the company.  A sub agenda was to service his territory and up sales and it seemed Green had no agenda to impress Davis.  On the contrary the individual agenda of Davis was to advance company objectives.  At first glance the case study could also appear to elude to an agenda by Davis to get rid of Green based on the frequent emails sent from Davis to McDonald regarding Green however when one reflects on the cultural norms of Dynamic

Displays one will note that Davis was simply following company protocol in his memos (Sasser & Beckham, 2008, p. 4).  Likewise Green wished to be treated with freedom to do his job and report whenever he saw fit.  Green appeared to want his job performance to be measured by sales and end results rather than communication efforts and supervisor subordinate relationship.  Green also seemed to expect that he would launch this creative pet project and it would be so successful that his neglect of company policy and blatant insubordination would be overlooked (Sasser & Beckham, 2008, p. 2).  Davis prefers to want adequate control of Green through frequent communication and careful monitoring.
The case study also reflected a poor deploy of power on the part of both men.  Davis leads from a source of French and Raven’s legitimate position power and Green offered a counter veiling power through information control and perhaps even some expert knowledge in that he knows his customer base (McShane & Von Glinow, 2008).  Green is clearly annoyed by office politics and rather than taking the time to learn about the culture of this particular firm he chooses to ignore the cultural norms and values that existed.  Although Green was acting in insubordination by not following Davis’ orders to report more frequently and update his information, facts and figures; Davis was inefficient in his methods of power deployment (McShane & Von Glinow, 2008).  While Davis was within his company policies and protocol in using his legitimate power to try and control Green’s behavior, he did not reflect a model that displayed the positive side of power...

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