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Web-based case
Reference no. RH1-147-I-M
Published by:
IE Business School (2016)
Web-based case
Data source:
Field research
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This interactive multimedia case describes the story of the redundancy process carried out by the architectural studio, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, at the beginning of 2009. The case focuses on how this important studio, which was well-known for having a closely knit, employee-orientated culture, managed this process. The case begins with an introduction to the studio before moving on to hear the reasons of the partners for having to make redundancies. The final section of the case includes an interactive exercise in which students must make recommendations about how the company should manage the process. A dedicated professor's page, which can be shown in class, analyzes the results of the student exercise and also includes full reaction to the process through various video interviews with employees.
Learning objectives:
1. Understand the stages of a redundancy process within a company and how to implement them. 2. Appreciate the importance of balancing the legal requirements of the necessary redundancy process with sensitivity towards staff and the unpredictability of staff reactions. 3. Be aware of the difficult decisions that may need to be made regarding staff for commercial reasons, during economic and project cycles, and the challenge of implementing those decisions.
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