Academic journal article Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies

Design Prototypes Inc. Project Management (A): Selection of the Project Team

Academic journal article Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies

Design Prototypes Inc. Project Management (A): Selection of the Project Team

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CASE DESCRIPTION

The primary subject matter of this case concerns project management. A secondary issue examined is office politics. This case can be used in Project Management, Operations Management, or Quality Management courses. The case has a difficulty level of three. The case is designed to be taught in two class hours and is expected to require four hours of outside preparation by students.

CASE SYNOPSIS

Raef Conley has just been assigned his first major project. Having worked on several small projects since joining Design Prototypes Inc., 9 years ago, Raef has never taken on a major project. This is a significant opportunity for him, one that could advance his career in many ways. Although he is excited about the opportunity, he is also somewhat anxious, as while there is the potential for career advancement, he is also cognizant of the fact that failure could mean the end of his career at Design Prototypes. Raef's first task is to assemble a project team. Raef needs to assemble a team of seven individuals selected from a pool of eleven. While all of the candidates have strengths, some appear to be better suited to the project than others. Three of the candidates have political connections which could influence their selection. Another candidate has a strong personal connection to Raef. …

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