Monitor Technology: Chris Kerns (Supplement)

1 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2009

See all articles by Sherwood C. Frey

Sherwood C. Frey

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business


Pat Tallon is the corporate attorney for Monitor Technology's parent company and has been asked to mediate a job-performance conflict between Chris Kerns, the manager of MT Engineering, and Shannon Allen, an engineering-support technician who works for Kerns.



Monitor Technology: Chris KERNS


Before meeting with Shannon Allen, Chris Kerns discussed the planned 11 o'clock meeting with Sidney Hall, NRE's director of human resources. Sidney empathized with Chris regarding the difficulties of dealing with Shannon, and encouraged Chris to avoid facing Shannon alone but rather to use the corporate attorney, Pat Tallon, as a mediator. On several occasions, Pat had been a very constructive force in resolving internal conflicts. Chris agreed to the proposal. Because Pat was in the building for the day, it only took a few moments to secure an end-of-day slot on Pat's calendar—4:00 p.m. Sidney volunteered to notify Shannon of the meeting change.

This case was prepared by Sherwood C. Frey Jr., Ethyl Corporation Professor of Business Administration. It was written as a basis for discussion rather than to illustrate effective or ineffective handling of an administrative situation. Copyright ã 2004 by the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation, Charlottesville, VA. All rights reserved. To order copies, send an e-mail to . No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, used in a spreadsheet, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise—without the permission of the Darden School Foundation.

. . .

Keywords: Conflict management, negotiation

Suggested Citation

Frey, Sherwood C., Monitor Technology: Chris Kerns (Supplement). Available at SSRN: or

Sherwood C. Frey (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States


Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics