When Your Star Performer Can't Manage (HBR Case Study and Commentary)
Vic, the CEO of a sporting goods company in this fictional case study, is pleased with the numbers. For several years now, they've gone steadily in one direction: up. But there's trouble in paradise. Hidden from the public's view of industry-dominating winners--from the coolest snowboards to the hottest in-line skates--lies a product-development department that may be ready to shatter like cheap fiberglass. Carver, the company's chief of product development, is the workaholic mad genius who is responsible for most--he might say all--of the company's successful products. At the same time, he has managed to alienate the rest of his staff. Four commentators suggest how Vic can keep the company's product-development group intact and its sales growth strong. In 97401 and 97401Z, Victor Vroom, June Rokoff, David Olsen, and David H. Burnham suggest how Vic can keep the company's product-development group intact and its sales growth strong. THIS CASE STUDY INCLUDES BOTH THE CASE AND THE COMMENTARY. FOR TEACHING PURPOSES, THE REPRINT IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN TWO OTHER VERSIONS: CASE STUDY ONLY, REPRINT 97401X, AND COMMENTARY ONLY, REPRINT 97401Z.