Academic journal article Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies

The Minority Enterprise

Academic journal article Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies

The Minority Enterprise

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CASE DESCRIPTION

The primary subject matter of this case concerns an ethical dilemma faced by an executive assistant dealing with a fraudulent report created by her boss, the CEO of a not-for-profit organization, as well as the fiduciary responsibilities of the board of directors in overseeing the action of the CEO. Secondary issues examined include: emotional intelligence, leadership styles, and politics associated with power positions within a not-for-profit organization. The case has a difficulty level of three, appropriate for junior level classes. The case is designed to be taught in a one hour and fifteen minute class period and is expected to require 3 hours of outside preparation by students.

CASE SYNOPSIS

As the executive assistant to the CEO, Jane Moore is in a unique position to see the changing leadership of the Minority Enterprise from the perspective of many constituents in the organization: clients, employees, and even the board of directors. Because of her association with eveiy CEO of the company from its inception, Moore provides extraordinary insight into the culture of the company through her personal history and viewpoint. A year ago, the Enterprise made a bold move in hiring Melissa Adams, a new and aggressive young marketing manager, to take over the reins as CEO. This new direction was the first step in transforming this not-for-profit organization business model to one that is more sustainable with increased efficiency, higher productivity and less reliance on government support. …

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