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    Politics at Walt Disney

    Read the case study, Politics at Walt Disney, on page 414 of the course textbook, and write a 1000-1500 word essay with
    two high-level section headers:

    1.Conflict, Politics, and Conflict Resolution(In this section, answer the questions on page 414.)
    2.Effects of Power on Organizational Structure(In this section, include discussion that:
    a.identifies sources and effects of power on organizational structure, and
    b.recommends how to evaluate organizational design/strategy in a global operations environment.)

    No plagiarism
    The page number on the in text citation was wrong on the last one , got a lot of deduction on it
    All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced;
    paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations

    MBA 6001, Organizational Research and Theory

    Course Textbook Jones, G. R. (2013). Organizational theory, design, and change(7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall

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    1. Conflicts, Politics, and Conflict Resolution:
    The various sources of conflict and politics that have plagued Walt Disney in the past are the falling performance of Walt Disney and the manner in which Michael Eisner had come under increasing criticism for centralized decision making in the company. Roy Disney who was the founding member of the company disapproved of Michael Eisner. Since most other board members had been picked by Eisner, he was able to continue his control over the company. Weakening performance led to deterioration in his personal relationship with Steve Jobs who was the CEO and major owner of Pixar. This conflict escalated when Jobs threatened to find a new distributor for Pixar's movies when its contract with Disney expired in 2007. Conflict in a company is a state of discord caused by opposition of needs, and interests between people working together(1). The board of directors also took a strong stand, encouraged Eisner to become the chairman and elevate his follower Iger to become the CEO. The next source of politics was that the board persuaded Eisner to resign from the position of Chairman. Iger then negotiated with Steve Jobs to acquire Pixar by Disney. Steve Jobs became the largest stockholder of Disney.

    Iger used conflict resolution and political strategies to solve conflicts and to make better use of the company's resources. Iger identified that the tall hierarchy of Disney was responsible for slow decision making. He identified that top managers at Disney were following financial rules that did not support innovation. Political strategies are informal and unofficial efforts to influence the company. Iger saw that the organizational structure of Disney was highly bureaucratic and this led to slow decision making. Iger used the political strategy of dismantling its "strategic planning office" which had several layers of top managers. These managers had been responsible for slowing down innovation and sidelining new ideas. The ...

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