Lotz of Food: The Perishable Team (B)

3 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2008

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Gerry Yemen

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Martin N. Davidson

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Hazzen Munoz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

How do you facilitate changing a long-held mission into a new vision during an organizational restructuring? Ernesto Gomez, organizational development director for Lotz of Food, a leading grocery retailer headquartered in California, was asked to help the perishable team transition from a hierarchical and function-based business unit to one that would be more dynamic, versatile, and proactive. Expectations were high and came right from the top of the organization. The A case reveals the steps Gomez takes to understand the problems. Among the issues about team development, Gomez is conflicted over the lack of diversity among the organizations leadership and indeed on the entire team. More troubling is the organization's seeming lack of recognition of this fact--so much that Gomez wonders whether his own background has made this a bigger issue than it really is. In the B case, Gomez becomes more concerned about what extent he thinks his own biases and past experiences are shaping the way he sees this situation.

Keywords: teams, diversity

Suggested Citation

Yemen, Gerry and Davidson, Martin N. and Munoz, Hazzen, Lotz of Food: The Perishable Team (B). Darden Case No. UVA-OB-0874. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1281873

Gerry Yemen (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
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Martin N. Davidson

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States
434-924-4483 (Phone)
434-243-5020 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/Davidson.htm

Hazzen Munoz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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