Michael Fernandes at Nicholas Piramal

Posted: 7 May 2009

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Michel Anteby

Boston University - Department of Organizational Behavior

Nitin Nohria

Harvard Business School

Date Written: May 7, 2009


Michael Fernandes, the Director of Custom Manufacturing Operations at the pharmaceutical company Nicholas Piramal India Limited (NPIL), schedules a meeting with three of his reports, whose interpersonal conflicts with one another are causing his business development function to falter. He struggles to know how to handle these conflicts and bring the three into a productive working collaboration. Fernandes is in charge of incorporating NPIL's new acquisitions in Canada and the United Kingdom to market NPIL globally. His three direct reports are each involved in different aspects of NPIL-- the Canadian operations, the British operations, and the global business development, and the case explores the team dynamics among them. Unless Fernandes can resolve the conflicts, the integration of the acquisitions is in jeopardy.

Subjects Covered: Behavior, Organizational behavior, International business, International markets, Teams, Consensus, Group behavior, Group decision making, Group dynamics, Groups, Groupthink, Interpersonal behavior, Interpersonal conflicts, Interpersonal skills, Generic drugs, Pharmaceuticals, Competencies, Management techniques, Managerial skills.

Suggested Citation

Anteby, Michel and Nohria, Nitin, Michael Fernandes at Nicholas Piramal (May 7, 2009). HBS Case No. 408-001, Harvard Business School Organizational Behavior Unit Research Paper Series, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1401002

Michel Anteby

Boston University - Department of Organizational Behavior ( email )

Boston, MA 02215
United States

Nitin Nohria (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School ( email )

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Boston, MA 02163
United States
617-495-6653 (Phone)
617-496-7387 (Fax)

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