Recognizing the importance of problem-solving skills, many organizations now use case interviews to evaluate candidates for jobs.

1) Recognizing the importance of problem-solving skills, many organizations now use case interviews to evaluate candidates for jobs. 

  1. Assume you are in an interview and have been presented with the following case problem: “Your firm is a U.S.-based manufacturer of natural health food products and is considering growing the business by entering the huge and expanding Chinese market. Should it?” 
    1. How would you respond? 
    1. How would you go about analyzing the opportunity? 
    1. What questions would you ask? 
    1. How might you structure your answer to best demonstrate problem-solving skills?

2)  you have heard so many stories of bad managers and read so many accounts of poor decisions that you are determined to be more “evidence-based” in your own organizational career. 

  • But why are more decisions not made on good research evidence? 
  • How do you go about finding more evidence? 
  • Where would you find such evidence, and how might you apply it to commonly faced managerial situations such as how to set appropriate goals, motivate high effort, or build strong employee commitment and a high-performance culture?

3)(related to question 2)  Using your textbook, LIRN-based research, and the Internet, apply the learning outcomes for the week/course and lecture concepts to one of the following scenarios:

As applied to your current professional career

As applied to enhancing, improving, or advancing your current professional career

As applied to a management, leadership, or any decision-making position

As applied to a current or future entrepreneurial endeavor

OR

Using your textbook, LIRN-based research, and the Internet, apply the learning outcomes for the week/course and lecture concepts to a business organization that exhibits and demonstrates these concepts. You should develop a summary of the organizations strategy and how they use these concepts to compete.

 This is a learning and application exercise designed to give you an opportunity to apply concepts learned in a pragmatic and meaningful way that will enable you to gain valuable and relevant knowledge in an effort to augment your skill set and enhance your professional careers.

4) Discussion Question 1 – (CLO 2)

“Tell us about yourself” is the first query in your introductory meeting with the four people who will be reporting to you in your new managerial job. You naturally struggle with where to start. You have been a great individual contributor for four years, but everyone has told you that managing people is a very different responsibility. And the thing that really scares you is you have heard sarcastic joking around the firm about a colleague who got promoted to manager and how with that promotion the firm “lost its best analyst and found its worst manager.”  

  • So what should you tell the group about yourself and how you will manage? 
  • What would be most relevant and useful? 
  • Based on your own self-assessment, what particular characteristics would you highlight? 
  • What should you be doing to know yourself even better so you can answer this question more confidently in the future? 
  • What would it be like to be managed by you?
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