Meeting of the Overhead Reduction Task Force

Case Analysis

Outlines events prior to a meeting of a six-person task force that was assigned to reduce overhead costs at a large manufacturing companies. History of the company and backgrounds of all members of the Task Force are presented. Raises the following questions and topics for students to deal with: 1) What strategy should the task force leaders meet to organize the task force and to achieve their goals in the period of two weeks? 2) Which division of labor, if any, is appropriate? 3) What sh … Read more »

Outlines events prior to a meeting of a six-person task force that was assigned to reduce overhead costs at a large manufacturing companies. History of the company and backgrounds of all members of the Task Force are presented. Raises the following questions and topics for students to deal with: 1) What strategy should the task force leaders meet to organize the task force and to achieve their goals in the period of two weeks? 2) Which division of labor, if any, is appropriate? 3) What should be its purpose and agenda for the first meeting? 4) Given the information in the case, what problems of interdepartmental conflict and members of ulterior motives to ship? 5) What should he do to deal with these problems?
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John J. Gabarro,
James G. Clawson
Source: Harvard Business School
14 pages.
Release date: 01 September 1977. Prod #: 478013-PDF-ENG
Meeting of overhead reduction task force HBR case solution