RL Wolfe is an engineering and productions company that deals with the production of plastic pipes. The company has its headquarters in Houston, Texas. It is worth 350 million dollars and has three branches that include Wolfe’s Austin based in Texas, Columbus based in Ohio and the most recent branch that the company acquired based in Corpus Christi, Texas. The company has been trying to adopt new human resource management (HRM) practices in a bid to increase the productivity. The new HRM strategy is the adoption of self-directed teams (SDTs). The strategy began as an experimental strategy on the workforce in Corpus Christi in a bid to raise the production of the company workforce to 95%.
HRM in any company is a weighty issue that needs much attention where business performance is linked to a HR strategy (Caldwell 2008; Ulrich et al. 2008). In the recent past, competition has become stiff, such that organizations need to come up with other means to compete in the extremely dynamic market world. Thus, companies have shifted their emphasis to Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) where they enhance and empower their personnel in order to increase the productivity and the services offered into the market (Mello 2006). This goes against the traditional ways of increasing the means of competition where organizations place emphasis on tangible resources. In the past, organizations competed in terms of machinery and acquisitions. This has changed greatly due to the changing customer tastes and the diversity of the market in the present (Delery & Doty 1996; Lengnick-Hall et al. 2009).
HR PROBLEM/MAIN ISSUE
RL Wolfe decided to try the SHRM through self-driven teams. In the past, the company had highly unionized stru...
... middle of paper ...
...elf-Directed Teams.” Briefcases, Harvard Business School, 4063, pp. 1-11.
Jiang, K.F., Lepak, D. P., Jia, J., and Baer, J. C. 2012. “How does human resource management influence organizational outcomes? A meta-analytic investigation of mediating mechanisms.” Academy of Management Journal, 55, pp.1264-1294
Lengnick-Hall M.L.; Lengnick-Hall, C.A.; Andrade, L.S.; Drake, B. 2009. “Strategic human resource management: The evolution of the field.” Human Resource Management Review, 19, pp. 64-85.
McShane, S.L., Olekalns, M. & Travaglione, A. 2013, Organizational Behavior: Emerging Knowledge, Global Insights 4th ed., McGraw-Hill, Sydney.
Mello, J.A. 2006. Strategic human resource management. Thomson Southwestern. Chapter 2 pp. 45-65.
Ulrich, D., Younger, J., and Brockbank, W. 2008. “The twenty-first century HR organization.” Human Resource Management, 47, pp.829-850.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- An analysis of metaphor can offer us insight into the deeper meaning within literature. As almost nothing is directly revealed regarding its nature, such analysis is vital in the case of Thomas Wolfe’s short story ‘Only the Dead Know Brooklyn’. While the plot may be simple, even bemusing, it is in fact a delicately woven philosophical allegory. Wolfe is alluding to the theme of what it really means to live life to the fullest, can we merely wait for our ‘train t’ come’ or must we “thrust our feelers in distressful ooze” in order to truly appreciate the world around us, even if we end up ‘drownin’.... [tags: imagery, individuality, dialogue]
541 words (1.5 pages)
- Over the course of his decades-long career as a respected and influential man of letters, he also wrote an extensive collection of critical essays. In such piece, “A Southern Mode of Imagination,” he argues that the renascence of Southern letters occurred because of a shift in the way Southerners thought; a change from what he termed the extroverted “rhetorical mode” of tall-tales and politicking, to the introspective and hitherto primarily Northern “dialectical mode.” From his unique position as both a critic of the Renaissance and one of its vanguards, Tate posits that the antebellum Southern mind lacked the self-consciousness necessary to produce great writing because it was wholly occu... [tags: Literary Analysis ]
1927 words (5.5 pages)
- Life can offer a seemingly perfect relationship that takes a sudden drop towards separation without the realization that communication between partners has shown signs of deterioration early on in the connection. The film, 500 Days of Summer, directed by Marc Webb and produced by Steven J. Wolfe, recounts the story of a relationship set in the lives of Tom and Summer, two characters that met at their jobs in the same greeting card company. Although Summer made her doubts of love and relationships clear from the beginning, she and Tom soon develop a more intimate relationship.... [tags: Interpersonal relationship, Love]
1146 words (3.3 pages)
- Courage is The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe Tom Wolfe's novel The Right Stuff, gives an accurate description into the lives of the first astronauts and rocket-powered aircraft test pilots, from their careers before, during, and after their selection to become astronauts, through to their private home lives. All throughout his book, Wolfe refers to "the right stuff" and "this righteous stuff" without ever saying upfront what "the stuff" really is. I have concluded that throughout the story, "the right stuff" is simply courage.... [tags: Tom Wolfe]
959 words (2.7 pages)
- TiVo's problem rests in its inability to convince consumers to change their television consumption habits. Improper targeting and positioning have led to an ineffective product, price-point and promotion strategy that has stranded TiVo in the chasm between the early market and the early majority. TiVo is a truly discontinuous innovation, a product that requires consumers to dramatically change their past behavior with the promise of gaining equally dramatic new benefits. TiVo's main challenge is convincing the consumer to buy an expensive product in a new product category.... [tags: Business Case Study]
2172 words (6.2 pages)
- American Heros in Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff depicts the lives of some of America's hottest pilots and its first astronauts. These men include Pete Conrad, Chuck Yeager, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Shirra, Alan Shepard, Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter and Deke Sleyton. Some of these men were hotshot test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base, and some flew cargo planes. Some had impeccable service records, while others hadn't flown in a real dog fight for even a second.... [tags: Right Stuff Tom Wolfe Pilots Flying Essays]
997 words (2.8 pages)
- CASE ANALYSIS McDonald’s, Inc. COMPANY NAME: McDonald’s, Inc. INDUSTRY: Food Service COMPANY WEBSITE: www.mcdonalds.com COMPANY BACKGROUND: As a company, McDonald’s was first introduced in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955. This was the very first McDonald’s restaurant, which all started in San Bernardino, California in 1954 when Ray Kroc approached the McDonald brothers with a business proposition to start a new company. In 1965 McDonald’s went public and was later, in 1985 added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average.... [tags: Case Study SWOT Analysis McDonalds]
1425 words (4.1 pages)
- McDonald's Case Analysis I. Objectives McDonald's mission was to provide customers with quality food at a low price with a focus on the speed, service and cleanliness they received while patroning one of their restaurants. The case focuses on a specific segment of the McDonalds restaurant chain that was opened in 1996, McDonald?s India. This segment of the restaurant giant had a more specific mission/philosophy to fulfill and had developed a special menu for these Indian customers to take into account their culture and religion.... [tags: Mcdonalds business Case Analysis Essays]
1183 words (3.4 pages)
- Introduction InterClean is one of the leading sanitation cleaning and solution’s companies in an 8 billion dollar industry. The situation that is evolving now is the change in customer preference. Customers no longer want mediocre products that just clean and kill germs; these customers want solutions and services that will modernize their cleaning efforts and comply with rigorous changes in environmental safety. The profitability of the company depends on fulfilling the rising demands of customers.... [tags: Case Study Analysis]
1601 words (4.6 pages)
- Zara is a retailing chain of Inditexthat specializes in high-fashion at reasonable prices. In the last 12 months, Inditex’s stock price has increased by 50% despite bearish market conditions. The 50% increase is due to the investor expectations of Inditex’s growth. Inditex’s growth can be contributed to the decisions it has made in creating a vertically integrated centralized process. The centralization of its vertically integrated operations in Europe provided it with its competitive advantage; however, I believe it will also make it fail if it decides to grow substantially into other markets.... [tags: Business Analysis Case Study]
1524 words (4.4 pages)