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Cisco Switches in China: The Year of the Manager
Isabella, Lynn A.; Yemen, Gerry Case OB-0978 / Published January 21, 2009 / 26 pages.
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Jan Gronski, managing director of the Cisco China Research and Development Center (CRDC), and Ivo Raznjevic, engineering director, set out to establish a new R&D facility in Shanghai, China. This case focuses on the building of a culture through human-resource practices while describing such steps as securing an appropriate building, assembling a work force, seeking appropriate projects, developing managers, building teams, evaluating performance, protecting intellectual property, and managing growth. The case presents specific challenges that arise regarding talent management: How does a manager overcome dramatic cultural differences within a diverse workgroup? Should a local female employee be promoted from a test engineer to a development manager? How should Raznjevic help his newest manager through his first encounter with Cisco's ranking system? What action, if any, should Raznjevic take regarding a senior engineer who sent out a controversial e-mail? This material highlights organizational culture and offers an opportunity for students to learn to recognize and manage difference. The case could be taught near the end of a term to serve as a review of organizational behavior at a graduate level or in an executive education program focusing on issues of team-building, growing managers from within, and related talent-management issues in a global context.


Learning Objectives

?Explore practical issues of designing a new organization and building a culture ?Develop an appreciation for what it is like to be a first-time manager ?Recognize variations in international human-resource-management functions ?Support and appreciate the global context in which a business operates ?Examine the challenges and rewards of managing in China ?Provide students with an opportunity to wrestle with managing international human-resource issues

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  • Overview

    Jan Gronski, managing director of the Cisco China Research and Development Center (CRDC), and Ivo Raznjevic, engineering director, set out to establish a new R&D facility in Shanghai, China. This case focuses on the building of a culture through human-resource practices while describing such steps as securing an appropriate building, assembling a work force, seeking appropriate projects, developing managers, building teams, evaluating performance, protecting intellectual property, and managing growth. The case presents specific challenges that arise regarding talent management: How does a manager overcome dramatic cultural differences within a diverse workgroup? Should a local female employee be promoted from a test engineer to a development manager? How should Raznjevic help his newest manager through his first encounter with Cisco's ranking system? What action, if any, should Raznjevic take regarding a senior engineer who sent out a controversial e-mail? This material highlights organizational culture and offers an opportunity for students to learn to recognize and manage difference. The case could be taught near the end of a term to serve as a review of organizational behavior at a graduate level or in an executive education program focusing on issues of team-building, growing managers from within, and related talent-management issues in a global context.

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    ?Explore practical issues of designing a new organization and building a culture ?Develop an appreciation for what it is like to be a first-time manager ?Recognize variations in international human-resource-management functions ?Support and appreciate the global context in which a business operates ?Examine the challenges and rewards of managing in China ?Provide students with an opportunity to wrestle with managing international human-resource issues