Deborah DiSanzo at Philips Medical (A)
This case series profiles the leadership transition of a rising executive at global corporation. In the A case Deborah DiSanzo is asked to take on a new assignment within Philips Medical Systems as general manager of the patient monitoring business, a highly profitable but low growth unit, and to leave behind the high growth cardiac resuscitation business where she has been an entrepreneurial leader. The challenge for DiSanzo in her new role is to create a vision for growth in an organization that has seen high turnover, has an entrenched senior team, and has already tasted high success. The case chronicles the ways in which DiSanzo re-aligns the organization around a new shared vision, provides insights into how to effectively navigate as a new leader, and how to drive organizational change and renewal. The brief B case shows the business unit is successfully growing, and in the process creating greater complexity. DiSanzo is faced anew with the challenge of mobilizing her larger team and keeping the excitement of her hard-earned vision tangible. Courses in which this case can be used include Strategy Implementation, Change Management, and Organizational Behavior and the case is suitable for use in both graduate and executive education contexts.