Will She Fit In? Organizational Behavior Case Study Mandi Spoklie Tori Barnum Daniel Mehrer Christopher Antoku April 10, 2013 Summary of Case O Susan Carter O New partner at the Crowne Group O Crowne Group O Prestigious Strategy firm in New York O Very efficient at her job O Works extremely hard O Among the 4 woman out of 98 partners O How did she get here? Summary of Case (cont.) O Brian Hanson O Group senior vice president of Pellmore Industries O Susan worked with him before O Excellent work, led to turn around O Brian recommending all of Pellmore to Crowne O Pellmore became Crowne’s largest client Summary of Case (cont.) The Situation O Brian makes a sexual move towards Susan O In hotel room, rehearsing board presentation O Lunges O Susan doesn’t know what to do or what her next move should be O Concerned about losing her job O More then meets the eye The Problem O Susan’s next move or non move will determine the rest of her career O She has three main courses of action 1. 2. 3. She can report the incident She can ignore the situation She can confront the client Main Talking Point 1 Report the Incident O Tell her supervisors about the situation O Seek help from them O Or go even further to report incident to cops and take legal action Recommendations O Seems to be the most logical solution O Must be discrete and careful O Don’t go to immediate supervisor, Justin Main Talking Point 2 O O O O O Ignore the Situation Susan can pretend the incident never occurred Go back to working with Brian Go with the flow The firm needs Brian and Pellmore as a client Hope Brian doesn’t make another move Recommendations O Least effective of all options O Non-action in this situation will backfire O Susan’s pride and ego will be hurt Main Talking Point 3 Confront the Client O Susan can confront Brian O Tell him that she only sees him as a business partner O That if he doesn’t comply she will escalate the case Recommendations O Must gingerly approach the topic O Can’t be too aggressive or fall into comfort syndrome O Must get her point across O Try to stop the problem at the source O Beware of Brian escalating the case first in a preemptive strike Conclusion O Final Recommendation O Where will Susan go from here? O What this means for all woman in the work place? Questions??