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Comparing FMC Green River and Aberdeen

Focusing on the following four bullets:

- Job Design and Goal Setting
- Performance Appraisal
- Pay
- Career Development

Thinking in terms of:
- If jobs would be structured the same way in both facilities.
- What about differences in pay, performance appraisals, and developing a career path?
- What would work at the Wyoming facility and why?

Kenneth Dailey, site manager for FMC Corporation's Green River, Wyoming, facility, leaned back in his seat in the conference room near his office. He was listening to a team of employees tell him about their visit to FMC's Aberdeen, South Dakota, plant and the unusual operating procedures they had observed there. Dailey was intrigued with the results that Roger Campbell, plant manager at Aberdeen, and his predecessors had been able to achieve at the plant, and he had sent this team to see it and make recommendations about whether or not it would work at Green River. He wondered if the Aberdeen system would work for his operation as a whole, in part, or not at all; if there were parts that might work, he wondered what they were and how to implement them.

Dailey knew that his operation was different from the Aberdeen plant in a number of significant ways and that these differences would make his deliberations difficult. First, Aberdeen had only a single customer, while Green River had over 100 and distributed its products worldwide. Second, the Aberdeen facility employed only 100 people, while Green River had 1,150. Third, Aberdeen produced basically a single product, while Green River had several product lines. Fourth, Aberdeen had been a new start-up five years ago. while the first of the several Green River plants was begun in 1948. Dailey was supervising the start-up of three new plants in his complex this year, though, and recognized that similarity. Fifth, the two units functioned in very different industries-Aberdeen in defense and Green River in chemicals. Finally, Aberdeen had no union, while the Green River site worked with the United Steel Workers of America.

Despite these differences, there were several features of the Aberdeen management approach that were either appealing to Dailey or suggested that the Aberdeen approach might fit his operation. Operating under FMC corporate guidelines, both management teams enjoyed, along with the other 87 FMC North American sites, considerable flexibility in how they ran their businesses. Both units also had a common link to the FMC corporate image and objectives and thus had some similar operating values and systems. Dailey also knew that productivity in the Aberdeen plant had grown dramatically since its opening and that costs had continued to drop. Finally, Dailey felt that the principles and values upon which the Aberdeen system were built aligned well with his own. As Dailey listened to his team describe the Aberdeen system, he continued making mental notes and questions about the system and its applicability to the situation in Green River.

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Job Design and Goal Setting

- The purpose of the management ability in the organization, including that of job design and goal setting, is imperative. Employees and their organization commitment to the company can play a big part in the success of a company. In fact, job satisfaction in regard to one's feelings or state-of-mind regarding the nature of their work is a very important subject. The ethics of the organization also comes into play and effects employee moral and motivation.
- Aberdeen and Green River are both plants that work under the FMC Corporation. Aberdeen is a fairly new company that was founded on the beliefs of participative management and empowerment to its employees.
- Even though it's only been around for a short period of time, it's proven to be a very profitable and productive plant. Aberdeen only has one product line, but they have proven to be very efficient with the production of it. The techniques, and managerial style used at Aberdeen give workers a greater sense of responsibility, and has a primary focus of trust between workers.
- The plant at Green River has been around for a much longer period of time and has a much more diverse product line. They specialize in different chemicals that are used in a variety of different industries. The manager at Green River considers himself to be open-minded and willing to give more responsibility to his employees, but he's not sure if it will work. Green River already has and organizational structure that they've been using since the fifties. It could be difficult and in some cases impossible to change the structure of their business with any kind of efficiency. However, the participative management and empowerment to its employees are a definite possibility.
- Green River and Aberdeen - the structure that is appropriate is the spatial differentiation, where work is divided according to geographical locations. However, in case of Green river, a personal differentiation is appropriate where work is divided according to the personal specialty.
- The extent that individuals and groups ...

Solution Summary

This solution compares two facilities, mainly FMC Green River and Aberdeen, in terms of work structure, pay, performance appraisals, and developing a career path. It also explains strategies for the Wyoming facility and why. This is all completed in over 1300 words.