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Learning Team B has developed this paper to develop a leadership plan to be used during the transition phase of the mergeracquisition being undertaken The Path-Goal Theory of leadership was chosen as the application model Potential communication and empowerment issues as well as the needs of the group will be discussed Methodology In preparation for this assignment Learning Team B the team reviewed various behavioral motivational and leadership theories and studies including the Ohio State studies the University of Michigan studies the Motivation Hygiene theory the Hawthorne Experiments the traditional theories X and Y Maslows theory Z McClellands Achievement Motivation Blake and Moutons Managerial Grid the Fiedler Model the Leader Participation Model and the Path-Goal Theory The teams review indicated that the most logical leadership theory around which to base our leadership plan is the Path-Goal Theory As mentioned by Robbins in Organizational Behavior The essence of the theory is that its the leaders job to assist his or her followers in attaining their goals and to provide the direction and support or both needed to ensure their goals are compatible with the overall objectives of the group or organization 2001 p229 The team came to this conclusion after reviewing the given scenario An American company we chose to call Acme Widget Inc was the target of an acquisition by another corporation the E-Z Widget Corporation As the management of Acme Widget the team is asked to develop a leadership plan during the mergeracquisition transition based on the theoretical and practical dimensions of effective leadership Team B Leadership Plan The leadership plan calls for the behavior of the production manager of Acme to take on several diverse characteristics To paraphrase Robbins 2001 pp229-231 The managers behavior must be acceptable to the employees as it is an acceptable means to immediate of future satisfaction It is motivational in that it makes employee need satisfaction contingent on effective performance and it will provide guidance
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